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Identifying ceramic sherds from the 1800 and 1900's.

I am an Australian graduate student (Bachelor of Journalism) who is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Archaeology at the University of the Philippines. In May 2009 we conducted fieldwork in Batangas, Luzon, Philippines on the ruins of a late 1800s hispanic household. During the excavation we recovered more than 300 ceramic sherds which I am currently studying in order to determine the manufacturer, date in which they were made (roughly) etc in order to help us date the different soil layers in which the sherds were recovered. I am a complete novice when it comes to ceramic analysis and, as I am in the Philippines (a third-world countries), I am unable to avail of materials (books etc) to help me in this task. Also, there aren't many ceramic experts here; there is absolutely no one here who has experience dealing with European ceramics.

While the majority of the sherds are Chinese, there are also some European sherds. As 'ceramic experts/lovers' perhaps you are familar with some of these designs? I am hoping that you may be able to spare some time to look at the sherds which I have uploaded onto photobucket to see whether you can help identify them?. http://s904.photobucket.com/albums/ac245/batangas_ceramic_sherds/

While there are three sherds with markings (I know the companies they came from) the rest are small and I have been unable, despite much research online, to find their manufacturers.

I really hope you can assist me, as I have exhausted my other avenues.
Yours sincerely,
Christine

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Comment by Christine Brown on August 27, 2009 at 3:52am
I wish there was a microscope that could do that! ;)
Comment by tomsantiquesetcetera on August 26, 2009 at 7:32pm
That's way out of my league. I thought there was some type of microscope that could photograph the wavelengths of your sherds and match them to their database.

Note: To see the sherds Copy & Paste her link to your search engine. Then you will have to open various groups of pix.

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