China

Is That Really Bone China?

Bone china has been around for a very long time and can be discovered in rummage and jumble sales, garage sales, or your grandmother’s old hutch or buffet. It’s highly collectible and its lovely to look at and pleasing to use for coffee or tea. There are several unique processes involved in the making of …

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Royal Albert China

Loved by millions for its inherent elegance and beauty, Royal Albert is the world’s most popular bone china, signifying grace and the most perfect of the English Floral design style. Dating a far back in its association with important people and royalty as the late 1800’s Royal Albert owes a great deal of its success …

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Spode China History

Begun by the son of a pauper, Josiah Spode, who had a vision in business, Spode China opened its doors in about 1780. China from the orient was becoming far scarcer, and was taxed outrageously. Tea taxes however were being lowered and more people were drinking tea than ever before, so Britain needed some new …

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Major China and Pottery Companies

Today, as in times past, some of the more upscale companies as well a the largest makers of pottery and bone China are still located in the United Kingdom, more specifically Britain. They manufacture not only tableware, but also collectibles, miniatures such as tea sets and cup and saucer collectibles or other figurines. Among these …

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Bone China

Bone china is a sort of porcelain that was first made in Great Britain when calcined oxen bone was mixed with the other ingredients and fired once at a higher temperature to give it the translucence and then at a lower temperature during which firing it is glazed. The major characteristics which are desirable in …

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Limoges: Not Just Porcelain

Limoges China has been popular for over 100 years, yet in that time span, many people are still unaware that Limoges is not a factory per se’ but many factories all situated in a region of France known as Limoges, for which the China is named. Sought by collectors today and highly prized, the Limoges …

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China and Pottery Marks

China and pottery manufacturers have used pottery or china marks as a means to provide for identification of their products nearly since the inception of the glassmakers craft. A china, or pottery mark, is very much like a fingerprint is to a human. A means of identifying and letting the purchaser or owner know when …

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Haviland China

Haviland China began its history as a trading company in the 1830s in New York City. The partner, David Haviland, specialized in French and English table settings. In the 1840s Mr. Haviland left New York for France, looking for a place to start his own business focused on a passion for porcelain. By 1855 his …

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Wedgwood China

Wedgwood China is highly collectible, being a high quality product with diversity and sound craftsmanship behind it. Josiah Wedgwood founded a company in the mid 1700s. Within 10 years he developed the distinct cream earthenware for which Wedgwood is famous (see Queen’s Ware). Another development around this time was called Egyptian Black, used for various …

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