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New Handbook of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks [Paperback]

Geoffrey A. Godden
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Book Description

5 Aug 1999
Geoffrey Godden's Handbook is the standard pocket reference for amateurs and professionals alike -- the authoritative guide to identifying British ceramics. Continuously in print since 1968, it has now been thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to incorporate the latest research on historic porcelain manufacturers and potters. The main section covers the principal firms: the marks used by each firm, their address, working period, and the dates of each mark. In addition, the Handbook records over 700 combinations of initials known to have been used by the listed potters, including their working periods, and full details on 900 Staffordshire potters. A new listing of pattern and shape registrations from 1842 to 1883 has been added, along with guidance on the collectibility of the main types. Anyone interested in British ceramics will find this new edition invaluable -- compact, handy, and packed with the latest essential information. Geoffrey Godden is the leading authority on British ceramics.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Revised edition edition (5 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091865808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091865801
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This compact book will prove a useful companion for anyone who enjoys browsing around junk shops, antique fairs or car boot sales in search of bargains. Small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket, it is crammed with valuable information to help you identify collectable British porcelain and pottery.

In the introduction Geoffrey Godden gives basic guidelines to help date ceramics with a fair degree of accuracy and also tells you how to spot likely fakes. This is followed by a pictorial glossary of the different types of British ceramics produced from the 17th century onwards.

The body of the book is an alphabetical listing of the main collectable pottery and porcelain marks with concise descriptions and illustrations of the various marks employed by each manufacturer at different times. The list of Potters' Initial Marks and chronological listing of Registered Designs which complete the book are intended to help the reader understand some of the more obscure markings that are sometimes found on ceramics.

Before using this book in the field, familiarise yourself with how it works by checking out the china cupboard at home--who knows what treasures you will uncover? --Stephanie Donaldson

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Review from Somerset Magazine, Crewkerne
"Professionals and amateurs alike will rush to buy this newly revised reference book, which will help them identify rare pieces of pottery or porcelain. Like fingerprints, potters’ marks give a clue, or accurate reference, to the manufacturing date, the potter, and the factory from which it came. Therefore, to know them and be able to identify them at a car boot sale or auction room could well bring you in a few hundred pounds! For the professional, the marks acxt as confirmation that the piece is genuine. Some of the marks described are real works of art, others a mere squiggle. There is also a pictorial glossary of British ceramics, sadly in black and white only. Finally, within the 250 or more pages there’s a listing of ‘Potters’ Initial Marks’ used by various 19th-century potters or partnerships. A potted history no less!" – Ben Devereux, Somerset Magazine

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic for beginners 31 Dec 2001
aftrer collecting wedgwood for the past 6 years i decided to move on to other english makers and bought this book,it is simply fantastic for the novice,very informative and helpful and extremly easy to understand,a must if you want to save yourself a lot of time and of course money.A+++.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy reference book! 3 Mar 2006
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This book is excellent for anyone with an interest in porcelain collecting.All the major British porcelain factories are included with clear reference to their various marks.The various marks are tied to the different manufacturing periods of each factory.There is also a brief history of each pottery works.
This book also includes details of many lesser known porcelain factories.There is also an explanation of how to interpret the general registration marks used for all porcelain items c1839-c1999.At the end of the book is a most helpful list of registration numbers used from 1884 up to 1999.
With the help of this book I have been able to date various pieces I purchased on ebay-even when the sellers were unaware of dates of pieces!Highly recommended!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars informative for the car booter 11 May 2007
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if you are an avid car booter and not sure about marks years and makers then this is a must i have found it interesting and now want a similar one indentifying pattern numbers and shapes a good read and very useful
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