Question: How do you identify Staffordshire figures?

Look for signs such as poorly applied colour and gilding. If the hole at the base is large this is a clear indication of a reproduction. The earlier figures have smaller holes to let the air out. If the base is flat and unglazed they are fakes.

How do you identify a crockery?

In most cases, dishware manufacturers include a makers stamp or trademark on the backside of the plates, saucers or platters. Turn over the dishware and look for an identifying hallmark, maker stamp or trademark in the center back of the item. The mark may be painted, impressed into the dishware or stamped.

How can you tell a vintage plate?

The markings on the underside of antique dishes can often help you to identify more than who made the piece. Some dishes have a stamp telling you the name of the manufacturer and also a date mark. These marks give you the approximate time frame during which your antique dish was made.

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