If you saw this on an item would you know what it means?
Recently I received an online query via my facebook page (@AToBVintage) asking for information about this covered vegetable bowl and it’s odd markings. The submitter wanted to know what I could her about it. The answer is quite a bit.
The makers mark on this bowl tells us it was made by Old Hall Earthenware in Stoke-on-Trent, England. They were in business from 1861 -1886. Brighton is the name of the pattern. This particular mark was used prior to 1884.
The other mark is an English registry mark used to register decorative designs for many types of products – china, pottery, glass, wood items and more. These were first used in 1842 and can be used to specifically date a product. In this case, here’s what we learn:
A. Tells us the material is ceramic. *
B. The “L” tells us it was registered in 1882 (registered doesn’t mean made, just that the pattern was registered at this time.
C. The “M” tells us it was registered in June.
D. The “21” means it was registered on the 21st.
E. The “11” is the bundle number and is unimportant.
*Charts to interpret these marks can be found online.
Putting all this together allows us to date this piece between June 21, 1882 and 1884.
A truly antique piece, I couldn’t find too many on Worthpoint to give an accurate value but the few similar ones I could find were in the $30 – $40 range. Unfortunately the antiques market has not fully recovered from the 2009 recession. Good news for buyers though.
Thanks to our reader for this opportunity to explore registry marks. 😀