Web site helps unlock the hidden value of antique & collectible ceramics Antique & collectible ceramics have a secret to tell and Marks4Antiques.com helps users easily decipher those secrets, allowing collectors & consumers to determine their hidden value.
News-Antique.com - Sep 27,2007 - San Francisco, California - September 29, 2007 - A typical household in the U.S. has dozens if not hundreds of plates, cups & saucers, vases, bone china, figurines, steins and other ceramic items. Many of these pieces have been passed down through many generations of a family or have been acquired over many years. Vintage ceramics have a story to tell and part of that story is that the value of some of these items is much higher than the owner realizes. To unlock the hidden value of vintage ceramics, the first step is to determine who made the item and when. What most people don't realize is that hidden away on the underside of many vintage porcelain and pottery pieces is a manufacturer's mark that can give insight into who made the piece and in most cases, where and when it was made. A website called Marks4Antiques.com can help users easily decipher the secrets of manufacturers' marks on Porcelain, Pottery or China and vintage ceramic pieces.
Many manufacturers' marks on ceramics can be like complex codes and can provide a lot of information. For example, in addition to the name and location of the Porcelain factory or Pottery, some of these marks can give detailed data, which may also include the person that designed or decorated a particular Pottery Vase or a Porcelain Figurine. Also, marks for the same manufacturer can also change over time, so a mark used in the 1800's may be entirely different from a mark used today, by the same maker. Especially for China or Dinnerware, a particular Pattern may also be produced over many years, with earlier pieces having more value than newer pieces with the only visible difference being the maker's marks. With so many issues related to marks, using a reliable source like Marks4Antiques.com is an absolute necessity when trying to determine accurate information about a vintage ceramic.
This is particularly helpful for online Sellers and Buyers, for example on eBay. It is estimated that a Seller on eBay has at least a 60% better chance of selling an item successfully if the Item Title and Description include the name of the maker and the period it was made. Since Buyers mainly search by a specific maker's name, having accurate information on a Porcelain or Pottery or China piece, helps eBay to display more relevant results in a more prominent position, and therefore achieve higher prices.
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