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Hi everyone,

Found this lovely old redware vase. Stamp marked on base LK inside of shield with a lion. Am having quite a bit of trouble pinpointing this maker and perhaps someone on this board has some insight.

Perhaps LK Tomlinson? Also found a Lucas Kessler but not sure if this piece is old enough to be his work. Any info would be much appreciated. The vase stands 8.5" tall. 4.5" base diameter. 

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Looks like red glaze on yellowware to me...can't find in US Marks reference book. Pretty vase. Standing Lion "lion passant" usually is found on UK/French pottery.

Thanks Tom. The search continues. I did look into British pottery marks but no LK came up. 

Keeping in mind the K could stand for Kiln or Keramik, not just a last name. 

Hi Jesse, I agree with Tom here, this is not red ware. "Red-ware" refers to the color of the clay, not the color of the glaze. Yours looks either white, Buff or Off white, I'm not really seeing the common "Yellow" of Yellow Ware either, I'm afraid. 

Also, I would not call that shape a "Shield" in your marking, it's really more of a straightened Triangle. So that may help you in search. I went through the Kovels book of marks, and there is not a single listing of a LK .. I scanned the Lion marks and the L marks just in case, and nothing is found in the book. So, what you may have is a local "Art Pottery" of some type. Where did you find it, and do you have any history on it?

Hi Vicki, Thanks a bunch for all the info. I obtained this piece at an estate sale not far from Stroudsburg Pa, close to the Delaware Water Gap, if you're familiar with the area? That is why I initially thought of a connection to LK Tomlinson who did 19th century pottery in Berks County, Pa, not that far away from there. There were two pieces of pottery I picked up. Attached is the other piece.  Not much else in terms of history. 

Ok, So in PA. Now, On your second piece, I'm afraid that one isn't going to be "Red-ware" Either - And it's likely not old. I'll tell you why: 1. The glaze covers the base. In most all pottery made in US and abroad in the 18-19 and early parts of the 20th century, the  bases are almost NEVER glazed. The glaze is covering your entire pottery  piece, so we don't know really what it is, unless you can view it from the "stilt marks scars." Stilts were used by some potteries in the US, but usually never with a glazed base. Or only as a partially glazed base. ( See Homer Laughlin, McCoy and etc) If you can see the clay through the divot type marks the stilts made that would be the only way to tell for sure. 2. Both of these pieces have High Glaze - meaning they are very shiny. This too indicates modern pottery. The old stuff almost never has a high glaze, even the salt glazed wares are somewhat muted. So, I think you've got a couple of modern pieces, perhaps from somewhere in PA. You might check into "Studio pottery" in PA. And see if you find any matches. Good Luck!

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