Identifying Pottery Marks - Where to Start?

We get a lot of enquiries asking if we can help identify the pottery marks on people's ceramics. This seems to be getting more and more popular - perhaps as people become more interested in what they have and start digging through long-forgotten heirlooms in their lofts!

The level of public interest in identifying pottery marks was one of the main reasons we created our pottery mark guide. All the images in our pottery marks guide are photographs of genuine marks, taken from our stock over the years.

The advantage of this is that it illustrates just how much marks can vary in real life - unlike some of the marks pictured in books. This guide has proved extremely popular and is viewed by more than 10,000 visitors every month.

Examples of Pottery Marks: Carlton Ware, TG Green, Wedgwood Keith Murray and Troika Pottery.

Our pottery marks guide is completely free to use and access and is available to everyone. Obviously, we have only ever come across a relatively small percentage of the marks that are out there and we don't have pictures of every pottery mark.

If you've got an item that is similar to the pieces we sell - British and late 19th or 20th century - then not only would we be happy to help you identify it, we'd also be grateful if you would allow us to add a photo of your piece's mark to our database, making it even more useful and comprehensive.

You can contact us via our contact page - we hope to hear from you soon.

On the other hand, if you've got a mark you are trying to identify and have exhausted all the resources on the internet, the definitive guide to pottery marks is the Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, by Geoffrey A. Godden. This isn't a lightweight or cheap book, but it is by far the most comprehensive guide available and our copy has proved invaluable to us over the years.

Happy mark hunting!

Kind regards,

Perfect Pieces


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