No Pottery Marks on China Collection Query

by Deana
(Melbourne, Australia)

No Pottery Marks on China Collection Query:- Hi Peter, I have, since my teen years, been collecting a "crazy tea set" which my mother started for me many years ago - the "crazy" referring to each set of cup, saucer and sandwich plate being the same, but all the sets are different.


I have recently become quite interested in antiques and two of my sets that came from antiques shops have no marks or writing on them at all, and appear to be hand painted. They are not plain white, generic-looking chinaware, but are very fancy, unusual shapes with tiny painted flowers on them.

One of them looks like it might have been a "second" in that there are a few tiny smudges of paint in the wrong place. Both of them are so fine you can almost see light through them. I guess I'm wondering if these sets are really old and valuable, or just old but quite worthless.

I'm sure I did not pay much for them, but don't remember exact figures. Definitely less than $10 AUS.

Would love to know what you think!

Thanks!

Deana

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Reply by Peter (admin)

to No Pottery Marks on China Collection Query

Hi Deana

Nice story about your collection. Would love photos - not only to help identify, but also they sound like fun!

Can't really say too much else without seeing pics apart from:-

No markings tends to mean either old = valuable

OR it means modern = cheap tat.

Not much in between, in my experience.

Nice to hear from you with a great story. Thanks

Peter (admin)

p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-

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No pottery marks
by: Anonymous

Hello,
I have a cup and saucer that has no markings of any kind. I know you cannot tell me value but maybe you could tell me who the manufacture is or approximate age. I know it is an antique since my aunt bought it over 20 years ago at an antique auction and I inherited it without any info on it. I do have a picture. I will try to describe without the pic since there is no place for it. It has pearl white verticle rows with obvious gold continuous s pattern all the way down it and has odd brown/copper color sections going vertical on the cup. In the center of the front and back gold piece it has a picture of a girl and boy in what appears to be a garden. Their clothing looks to be old english. The boy is wearing a vest and pants. The pants are short with long white socks up to the middle of his chin and a white shirt under the vest and black older style shoes. The girls hair style and clothing are also of an older style. Gold flower outline on alternating brown/copper color verticles. Any idea without a picture or I could send you one. The saucer also matches the pictures and pattern on the cup.

Can anyone help identify my tea set?
by: Anonymous

I inherited a tea pot, sugar basin and milk jug from my mother( maybe grandmother) and as I am 68 they are very old. They have no markings so I don't know where to start.
The items are 6 sided and the lower two thirds is flouted - colour is basically bottle green with gold insides. The flouting is outlined in silver and the handles are also silver as is the foot. The handles have flat tops.
Underneath the base is glazed. Either the clay used is a red clay, or a brown glaze has been used. I think the former. They are very elegant and remind me of the silver Georgian type tea-sets in style. I cannot find any markings. Can anyone help?
Thank you








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