Is it important for Transferware to have the maker’s name on it?
No, infact, many pieces that are made by unknown artists are very much collectable. Transferware value is determined by demand, date, quality of the printing, and rarity. Unmarked transferware can be difficult to determine its origin, but you can often trace a piece, or make a guess on the , glaze, styling and decoration technique. Our motto is collect what patterns you love, and they become valuable in your eyes. (BLUE-TRANSFER-WARE-TRANSFERWARE-HAM-TURKEY-PLATTER-Ebay-Seller-dmcb12564)
Here are some quick tips:
-Transferware patterns made between 1842 and 1883 were registered with the Patent Office in London, and have a date registration mark on the back of the plate.
- The word "Limited" (or an abbreviation such as "Ld." or "Ltd.") in the pottery firm's name indicates a date after 1860 and was not generally used until the 1880s.
-Any piece having the word "Trade Mark" was manufactured after the Trade Mark Act of 1862, and is known to have a manufacture date after 1875.
-After 1884, the registry adopted a single number series, e.g., "Rd. No. 12342", which today can be used to determine a pattern registration date to within approximately one year. Registration numbers greater than 360,000 indicate a date after 1900.
- Transferware patterns made between 1890 and 1920 usually has ‘England’ printed on the back which were to comply with the Mckinley Tariff Act. "Made In England" indicates 20th Century origins.
- Transferware patterns made after 1920 reveal the mark is ‘Made In England’.
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