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Bottoms Up ~ Identifying Unmarked Pottery

When Pottery Companies have an unmistakeable MARK on the bottom that tells the story of age and worth, it's one thing. But, when there are no marks, no "story" with the piece you have found at a recent flea market or garage sale, how do you identify?

Cajun Collection offers an insightful article, Identifying American Pottery, on identifying pottery with or without a mark, starting with: Look at the bottom!

Green pitcher with square bottom by Dryden, made in beige clay.

Linda H. Richard states, "In most of the American pottery pieces, the bottom tells more than the glaze. The bottom shows the name, if there is one, the color of the clay, the way the piece is fired, and other characteristics that help with the identification."

Ask.com explains, "Antique pottery comes in three main forms. Earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Each type has its own individual characteristics and some antique pieces are highly prized especially if the manufacturer is no longer in production."

They give 13 tips on how to determine authenticity of Antique Pottery

Always consult with your local experienced dealer! Bring the piece to a trusted dealer or pottery expert who can help you determine authenticity. But, of course, first turn your piece bottoms up!

Photo: Gonder Pink Sea Swirl Vase

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