Pottery Mark Query - Fish with an Arrow Through it

by Maggie Honkisz
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Pottery Mark Query - Fish with an Arrow Through it

Pottery Mark Query - Fish with an Arrow Through it

In the early part of the 20th century, just before she was born, my grandmother's family moved from Poland to France where they lived until the end of World War 2. Shortly after the war ended, my grandmother, still a young girl, was sent to Austria to live with another branch of the family where she attended a school in Vienna.

During her time at the school, my grandmother became the teacher's favorite student, and when the time came for her to leave the school, her teacher gifted to her a few beautifully crafted pieces of pottery; a small vase, two plates, and a large bowl.

These were the first pieces of what would later be an impressive collection of fine, decorative pottery.

My grandmother spent a few more years living in Austria before she and her oldest sister made the move across the Atlantic Ocean to Canada to start a new life with a more promising future. For this journey, she had to leave most of her belongings behind which included many of her favorite pottery pieces.

She managed to safely bring only a few of the smaller pieces with her which, upon her passing, were passed down to my mother, and then to me.

After all these years, I've decided to look into this part of my grandmother's past to gain a glimpse into the world she grew up in.

I've looked through family photo
albums and the few boxes of other keepsakes she still had from the Old World, but nothing quite piqued my curiosity or embodied my grandmother's spirit so much as these pottery pieces, the origin of which are still greatly a mystery to me.

I'm hoping this forum can help me identify the maker's mark so that I can learn a bit more about these items that so fascinated my grandmother.



Reply by Peter (admin)

Dear Maggie

What a wonderful telling of a wonderful story. Thanks for that.

This mark looks like one that, if I were an expert, surely it should trip off the top of my tongue just like that. Well, sadly, I am not an expert and it doesn't.

However, I have quite a few pretty good reference books and I am no slouch at Google-Fu either, but there is nothing on this mark at all. It looks as if it should be one of those famous old easy to recognize ones, but there is nothing, just the sound of tumbleweed.

There are a few fish marks, both old and new, but nothing in what I would describe as this old Germanic style of blue hand-drawn linear marking.

I hope to set up this thread in order to score yet another identification victory when a clever person comes along to enlighten us, but until then, just keep an eye out for replies.

Peter (admin)

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fish symbol
by: Anonymous

Dear Maggie,
I was on here for another reason and saw your question. I could have sworn i saw that mark while looking up anchor marks 2 weeks ago. But now I cannot find it.
However, a painted mark like that could be very old. Under steins googling for the narrow neck with pewter lid type, it is not the normal shape for steins. One similar one said Choisy Le Roi french majolica turn of century, and another said faience (majolica earthenware) from late 1700s early 1800s with very similar lid. You can find that 2nd one here: http://www.terapeak.com/worth/antique-18th-century-german-faience-pewter-mounted-pitcher/371362728070/
a third clue, is that the company or decorator would be named fisher, to take an (anchor) with a fish speared on it as his symbol. It looks like an arrow but with a fish likely more an anchor.
earthenware (brick color) painted white glaze then decorated generally is called majolica and faience, to help you search better. Try looking up steins and then investigate the most similar ones to yours' style. Hope that helps.

fish arrow mark
by: Anonymous


its an old german mark, the fish seems the person who painted it??? fischer.

Its under 29a on that internet pic.

Fish and arrow mark
by: Lisa Breitenbach

I have a piece with the same fish and arrow mark with initials JCHL? with a curved s shaped line that runs around the J and over the top of the other letters. The figure is of a peasant woman sitting on a wall one hand on her throat and the other holding her skirt. Her hat is the a stopper there is some very faint pencil writing in French.

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