The ox bone in the bone china makes it actually harder and more translucent as well as whiter than European porcelain, but because it is fired at a slightly lower temperature, actually the two bodies are probably just as strong as one another. When did our nobility start ennobling our nicest porcelain marks?

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It took 40 years for the English to catch up with the Germans.

Staffordshire came into its own in 1799 when the firm Spode developed a stable recipe for bone china porcelain. Meantime, Derby amalgamated with the famous London firms of Chelsea and Bow, who had moved lock, stock and barrel to Derby in 1784.

Derby, like Worcester became porcelain marks specialists.

A fancy old solid looking plate, or pitcher, or cup (not transluscent or thin) with no pottery marks and a crackled old glaze over blue & white or Imari (chinoiserie) patterns is likely to be Staffordshire early to mid 1800's (unless it's a modern Chinese fake, in which case it will more than likely have a crusty old-looking made-up mark).

Bone china is very distinguishable from European porcelain being whiter (less grey in the body) and having a quite characteristic method of glazing and decoration.

If the stamp says the actual words 'bone china', the item is likely 20th century.Later in the 20th century, lot's of people started to use it when they shouldn't really have and we have an influx of Royal this's and that's. This stems from around 1850, as does the British diamond shaped kite registration mark. - 3 footed, faux handled 'blue & white' glazed pot:- Hi am confused .new to all of this.... Variation of Standard Royal Worcester mark on stag head vase Variation of Standard Royal Worcester mark on stag head vase:- I am puzzled about this large stag-head vase (12" tall) that I bought recently at an antiques …There was no true porcelain being made in the UK until the 1750's despite desperate attempts to make the white gold.Worcester were the pioneers of porcelain production, following on from the lead of German Company Meissen.Organised marking of wares for marketing reasons only became standard in the Victorian era of the mid to late 19th Century.Early marks were dots and squiggles, on splendid earthenware chinoiserie before the elaborate cartouches of the Victorian mid-period began to trumpet proud ownership.