Think about how much time you want to spend on the project. If you look at auction sites, check out the sold prices, not the selling price. During the period 1842-1883 the British Patent Office issued a diamond mark along with the registration number when a design was registered. You might first check for these at your local library, before you purchase them. It has a pink or copper luster and may include other colors besides white and blue.
Some shades you may see include black, pink, red, blue, and gold. Although prices are not as high now as they were in the past, when everyone was collecting everything like crazy, there will still be some value. If it makes a high-pitched tone, it's more likely to be hard-paste. After all, these kinds of sets were often used so easily broken. For valuation advice go here: For general advice on how to either price up your collection or find replacements for it, I wrote this page:. Search for more from Lefton:.
This site sells replacement pieces for many patterns, and they have an extensive library of patterns with photos. The centre is occupied by the abbreviation Rd signifying that this is a Patent Office mark standing for Registered Design. Most marks have either not taken properly or have worn over time and are difficult to read. Xi has centralized his authority, ousted internal political enemies, and backed authoritarian policies to tighten control of civil society. Values of antique Flow Blue pieces fluctuate with the demand, the economy, the rarity of a piece, and its condition.
Look at the manufacturer's stamp and discern all the information that you can. How to Find the Backstamp In most cases, finding the backstamp is easy. We've spent a tremendous amount of time over the past couple months organizing the items produced by G. These vintage bone china tea services are becoming quite the thing again. This will lead to a list of products made by that manufacturer in that design. In many cases, there may be more than one stamp on an item, sometimes indicating where the piece was manufactured and where it was painted and glazed.
While 2, 3, 5 and 8 are common, 4 is mostly avoided. Tel: +44 0 20 8876 3444. It is signed Royal vale. I just saw a 12. From 1840 to 1870, the popularity of Flow Blue rose, and in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries it had its great heyday. Value can change quickly and even fairly recent price guides can be off.
Find some books on Flow blue or check out the Flow Blue Collectors site. Other Paint Colors Used Also note any other significant colors in the design. As the name implies, bone china involves the addition of bone ash to a mixture of finely ground stone and clay. Remember that even Flow Blue has it's ups and downs. For instance, many French Haviland patterns were never named.
The brilliant white background contrasts with the beautiful cobalt blue color of the decoration. The detailed images are printed in blue on a white background. First you need to identify each piece individually. Take a look at and join the Flow Blue International Collectors Club. Perhaps it was an accident at first, with the result being so pretty that the practice became more common. First, are the life long collectors and dealers who know more about the products of Lefton than we ever will. Backstamp clearly marked with the Balleek name Most fine china features an that helps to identify the manufacturer of the piece.
At one time Lefton products were sold in over 10,000 shops in the United States, and given their popularity still it seems unlikely that one could go very far in any antique mall in the country without find a piece of Lefton china or a Lefton figurine. Check to see if there is more information on the backstamp. Check online auctions to see what pieces similar to yours have sold for - not the offered price. Dresden pieces were made by different manufacturers in Dresden, Germany. Of course, if you wish to sell your Flow Blue, you may want a written appraisal by a reputable antiques dealer, depending on what you think your piece is worth. This is probably why the Victorian kite mark was changed to a Registration serial number in 1884. However, they can help identify what you have.