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Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks (Kovels' Dictionary of Marks: Pottery & Porcelain) Hardcover – 1 Oct 1993

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1 edition (1 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517559145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517559147
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.9 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 665,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the layout, date code information, and index are very well done, many marks are dated incorrectly.... some off by decades. This is very misleading and frustrating. Due to the Kovels' apparent vast experience, collectors and dealers tend to believe whatever they write... right or wrong! As an author and china mark historian, I hope the Kovels remove any unverified mark usage dates in a future edition. To list a few examples, they say mark 195L is semiporcelain, 1886-1898. The correct information according to the manufacturer (now Syracuse China, then Onondaga Pottery) is vitrified china 1897-1946. Also they indicate mark 127J is a current mark, but this backstamp was actually used 1930s - early 1950s. Then there is mark 105N listed as faience 1891+, which should be porcelain 1959-1969 according to the company. Other knowledgeable and observant collectors and dealers have noticed similar discrepancies.
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After a introduction on how to use this book, it gets straight into the pottery & porcelain marks. Contents is listed at the front of the book which starts with anchor markings leading to triangles & heart. Following this is initials & words ranging from a to z. This book is used basically as you would use a dictionary. With everything been in alphabetical order it is a quick & easy reference to identifying the maker & the year of manufacture. There are no pictures of the products which the identification stamp is on, only clear pictures of the stamp marking which your trying to identify. This book is as it says, a New Dictionary of Marks which is easy & quick to use. Brilliant book.
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I purchased this book to find information on porcelain manufacturers because I'm just getting started on collecting porcelain tea cups and demitasse sets. It has great info, it's well organized and easy to use. It has domestic manufacturers as well as foreign and will be a big help to anyone who uses it. It also has a great helper in the back: an explanation of and chart for dating the old-style English registry marks. I found out I have a plate made Dec. 3, 1855 from looking in this book. Buy it. It's a big help.
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