GKBCO Pottery Mark Query

by Laycie
(Hawaii)

GKBCO Pottery Mark

GKBCO Pottery Mark

GKBCO Pottery Mark Query:- Aloha, I have uncovered a tea set with the marking gk b co on the bottom (in a cross using 'b' as a middle letter). Could you please share with me any information you have about this particular marking, as I can't seem to find ANYTHING online regarding this particular company or marking. Thanks so much.


Mahalo,

Laycie

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Reply by Peter (admin)


Dear Laycie

Aloha! To you too.

Not being an oriental porcelain expert, my best guess is the GKBCO pottery mark is an oriental trade mark rather than European. My guess would be Nippon - Japanese. I think the wares would be hand-painted, which makes them interesting in any case, but definitely made for the export dollar.

The GKBCO china mark on the bottom is possibly not the makers mark, but a merchant's distribution backstamp.

I am not sure of the exact history of GKBCO, but I am told they were known to have been on the market since the 1920's through to the 1940's, after that I don't know.

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    {edit Jan 12. I have been doing some more thinking about this particular pottery mark and have found some other examples stamped on Japanese 'Dragon Ware'. This is on 'made for export' Satsuma style tea sets from Japan from around the 1920 - 30 period.

    There is, by co-incidence, a mark with the same letters which says G.K.B. Co. Bavaria. Sometimes this mark is shown with a royal crown device. Although this may be a good clue, I can find virtually no information on either this Bavarian mark or the Japanese one - nothing in my books or online. I have access to information which lists virtually all Bavarian makers, so going back to my theory about the mark being that of a merchant's backstamp, I came up with the theory the Bavarian G.K.B. Co. wares mark (not the Japanese one) might be that of the GKB German railway - china services for their restaurant cars. Known as GKB now, does anyone know if this railway company was once known as 'GKB Co' once? end edit}

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Meantime, keep searching for GKB CO (Bavaria) and the Japanese GKBCO above and report back here please.

Hope this helps,

Best regards,

Peter (admin)

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GKBCO teaset
by: angel

I too have a teaset with that particular mark. Mine came to me from my grandmother.According to my father ,she won it in some kind of contest in the middle 1940s. He always referred to it as the 'Chinese teaset'.They must be sets for export from Japan.My grandmother was from Europe.

GKBCO
by: DON YOUNG

I HAVE A TEA SET THAT HAS THE SAME MARING ON THE BOTTOM OF EVERY PIECE.HIS IS ITS STORY. MY FATHER-IN-LAW WAS A GERMAN SOLIDER IN WW II AND WAS CAPTURE IN RUSSA AND SENT TO A PRISON CAMP. AFTER THE WAR THEY WERE SET FREE TO FIND THEIR WAY HOME. ON THE WAY HOME SOME HOW ( I DON'T KNOW HOW ) HE PURCHASED THIS TEA SET FOR HIS WIFE. HE CAME TO THE STATES IN THE EARLY 60'S. I ALWAYS LOVED THE SET AND BEFORE HE PASSED HE GAVE THE SET TO MY WIFE. IT WAS MADE IN CHINA, BECAUSE IT WAS A CHINA SHOP THAT ONLY SOLD CHINA MADE PRODUCS

Tea set GKCBO
by: Stephan Shelton

My mother purchased this tea set in Germany at an antique shop in 1954 before coming to U.S. I have not been able to find much info on its value but have seen the identical pictures of what I have on web page. Any info on this set would be appreciated

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