Dating english pottery marks
used the wedge shapes routinely, so that is always my first guess on a piece with a dry wedge foot.
Here's a good example of the American Bisque wedge foot (right).
Companies using a dry foot include most of the Ohio companies and some used stilts for some of their ware lines.
Take a look at the marks on this Rum Rill console bowl (right).
If it seems to be American, this dictionary will help.
Numbers like 10.15, 112, or 11/12 were stamped on the silver to indicate the percentage of pure silver in the metal.
When the American silversmiths were first “discovered” in the early 1900s, most collectors felt that only the eighteenth-century makers were important.
This listing should make it easier to identify Grandma’s spoon or a dish in an antiques shop, but remember a mark can easily be copied.
Have you ever wondered why some people turn every piece of pottery over and look at the bottom?