Hallmarks or Makers Marks Also called backstamps, these markings may be found on the bottom of a vase or figurine or on the bottoms of china plates, saucers or cups.
What is the mark of china?
What is a reign mark? A reign mark records the name of the Chinese dynasty and the reign of the emperor during which the piece was made. It comprises four or six Chinese characters, and is usually found on the base of a work of art commissioned for the Emperor or his imperial household.
What does the crown mark mean?
Crown marks, typically found on the bottom of fine china items, are clues that help you determine the age and the manufacturer of each piece, as well as its country of origin.
How can you tell if a cup is porcelain?
A very basic guide to identifying ceramicsPorcelain, which has that signature refined, smooth, thin, dainty tea cup look, is the only of the three categories that is translucent. Stoneware, which is opaque (doesnt let through light), tends to be heavy and substantial.More items •26 Jan 2013