"Y" with a small "s" inside Laurel Shield Fine Porcelain mark
by JODY WEST
(CROSBY, TX, USA)
"Y" with a small "s" inside Laurel Shield Fine Porcelain mark:- I bought a tea service at an antique shop in Crosby, Tx. The set consists of 12 cups/saucers, teapot, sugar dish & creamer. I love the set because its so pretty. Would just like to know if its a 'new' set or actually an antique.
Peter (admin) says about:- "Y" with a small "s" inside Laurel Shield Fine Porcelain mark
Great photos - nicely merged into on uploadable image. Sweet little unusual item. I bet the tea set is very pretty indeed.
I never saw this mark before, and its not in my books, but rather than write it off as 'unknown', lets look at the clues:-
The mark uses most of the devices known to man....
the crown, the shield, the laurel cartouche, and the letters which say "we don't have to put our full name on because everybody has heard of us", or rather... "We can't put on our actual name because people will know we are not an upmarket maker - but perhaps we can bluff this one out..".
Far East makers often invent marks like this..... as European looking as they can possibly muster.
It flags up - just in case we didn't know what we were looking at, the fact that it is 'fine porcelain'. However, at the same time it remains anonymous. Why, aren't they proud of who they are? What are they hiding? Why are they shouting "FINE PORCELAIN!" at us?
The gilding is hand done, but in a hurry..... "quick, get the next one done, we're on piece rate..."
The backstamp is very crisp and clear which suggests newer transfer technology.
I think this is mass production "FINE PORCELAIN!", not necessarily expensive ware and possibly not very old.
Could be Soviet block, behind the Iron Curtain era, or Far East.... who knows?
I'd love to know who this is. If you know, please post.