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The Ultimate Source for Beginners*****,
This review is from: Encyclopedia Of British Pottery And Porcelain Marks (Hardcover)
I have been to many auction houses and a peek into the back room always shows "the Holy Trinity" : Brittens (Old Clocks and Watches) Jacksons (Hallmarks on Silver) and Goddens. They are all in battered tatteered dust jackets or naked, all have broken spines and look as if they had been kicked around a coalmine. Like mine, and this is as it should be. A good reference book is a tool that will be worked to death proving its usefulness. Slightly clumsy for the novice but a dip into Godden on Pottery and Godden on Porcelain simplifies usage to the point where it becomes second nature. Excluding modern studio pottery marks which is a separate minefield it will be difficult to find a mark on a piece of china from these islands which is not covered by this book.This book is an essential tool for any china enthusiast and will pay for itself many times over.
***** Many enthusiastic reviewers have quoted this as the only mark book you will ever need. That may be true for them but I found some gaps in this book that were filled by The New Handbook of.... due to it containing more modern marks that one might come across.
British Studio Potters Marks has several thousand marks not contained in Godddens.
And finally a copy of Cushions Handbook is the only book compact enough to take outside the house.