Dealers Resource Guide & Information Links
(How to identify Marks, Monograms and Hallmarks on Pottery, Porcelain, Glass, Silver and other Antiques and Collectables.
Including sources for pattern identification and dating).
The links below are an invaluable resource for the identification and dating of your antiques and collectables. Whilst not complete it is an ongoing list of research material that is freely available on the internet. Information is categorised by subject to hopefully help you find what you are looking for.
I will update the information regularly, adding further links as they become available.
Good database of World Artists and their works, including exhibit information.
The site offers limited information under it's free search but is worth using as
a first step in identifying 'known' artists.
You can also try Artcyclopedia but they have a limited database and it is not
If there is a Label attached to the back giving details of the Framer, it may be possible to trace the date when the piece was framed.
You can do this by visiting The National Portrait Gallery's website, which has several research articles. The Framer's details are here -
SILVER & SILVER PLATE
can be found on the database published by 925-1000 which covers most
countries and makers.
Also here at silvercollection
British HallmarksA great deal of information including Makers Hallmarks
can be found here - Silver makers marks
Scottish Silver Makers and Hallmarks
can be identified at the Incorporation of Goldsmiths located in Edinburgh.
You have to sign-up (free) to use the database. The information is the best
you will find available on Scottish silversmiths and is an invaluable link if
you deal or collect antique silver.
British Assay Marks
on Gold, Silver and Platinum can be downloaded in a PDF file
from the British National Archives, which includes antique
assay marks up to 1974 at britishhallmarkingcouncil
The above items, along with Swagger Sticks and Conductors Batons were
made by several specialist English Silver Makers, some of whom are difficult
to identify. This well composed and informative compilation of makers
details along with their marks, etc, is an absolute godsend for anyone wanting
to identify the hallmarks on these items.
POTTERY & PORCELAIN
Fine Porcelain Marks
are available at the following website, which holds a superb selection of marks
from different countries Efineantiques Table of Fine Porcelain Marks
German Porcelain Marks
can be found at PM&M which specialises in German and Bavarian Marks and
has a very comprehensive list of manufacturers. They also include marks
from Europe and the USA.
German Beer Steins
Marks can be found here - Stein Marks which is an invaluable resourse for
Stein or Tankard Collectors
can be found at this page, where there is a database of Cornish Potters Marks
along with their production dates.
English Cups & Saucers.
Dating and identifying unmarked Cups and Saucers can be difficult even for
the professional. The following is a link to identifying and dating Bute Cups
which were made by several manufacturers in the early 19th Century.
Fallen out of favour these past few years, there are still some desirable pieces
in the Collectors Plates field. Here you can find a thorough listing of
manufacturers along with individual pattern names, along with the suggested
sale price in US Dollars.
can be identified by using this link to and by searching through the various
patterns and makers.
A very good source for information on Pressed Glass is the German website
Pressglas Korrespondenz. The website itself is in german, however some of
the documents are in english and you can also visit the site through Google
Translate to give you a better understanding. The site is a wealth of
information and is well worth visiting.
English Pressed Glass
can be researched through the two following sites, both good sites with some
detailed information on patterns and makers.
UK and World glass
is covered by the website Great Glass, although they have ceased trading their
website is still live for research and identification.
- This site is about the glass made by a Spanish family, the Ysarts, in Perth,
Scotland, beginning in 1922. (Ysart is pronounced ‘ees-art’) They also include
information on Monart Glass - Vasart Glass - Paul Ysart - Strathearn Glass
- Stuart Strathearn - John Moncrieff Ltd - North British Glassworks -
Caithness Glass - Scottish Glassmakers - Pirelli Glass - Nazeing Glass
20th Century Glass
Glassyeye is a site for 20th Century Glass aficionado's. Very detailed with many
links to makers and designers throughout the world.
can be found here at Cloudglass.com which also has great information on
George Davidson Glass, which is listed below.
Information freely available at the following site
is the place to go to get an idea of the value of your vintage 'real photo'
postcards. It is categorised by subject to make things easier. Obviously
condition plays an important part in assessing value, so don't take the
prices listed too literally.
You can also date your postcards on the same site by the stamp box
located on the back, which is a valuable resource for collectors.
Postcards and information can be found here -
DOLLS & BEARS
Teddy Bears are shown at Grandmas Teddies Teddy Bear Museum -
no valuations but it's a good place to identify makers.
20TH CENTURY COLLECTABLES
enthusiasts can find out a whole mine of information through the following three
websites. The links cover works done at all the Lladro Brothers factories,
including Lladro, Nao and Zaphir. Model names, numbers and periods of
production are covered along with rarity.
produced ceramic animal figurines and related pottery from the 1950's.
These popular models can be identified here along with there model numbers
Comics & Books
With the growing popularity of modern collectables it may be wise to check
value before confining them to the bin, especially if you are doing a House
Clearance and there is much age to them. The following is a US site, however
does deal with UK Comics. Ideal to judge the rarity but again condition needs
to be taken into account as well asthe lower demand in the UK for Comics as
The UK Portable Antiquities Scheme is a database cataloguing the finds and
artefacts unearthed by the UK Metal Detectorists in persuit of their hobby.
It is an invaluable tool for collectors and dealers of portable antiquities and
those interested in the subject.
RESTORATION AND REPAIR
Fabulous site to learn how to do simple pottery repair and restoration through
their free Step by step instructions and videos.
A good guide to ensuring that your clock runs well, including Setting-Up,
Care and Maintainance. The 'Tips' section is especially informative and the site
is well worth visiting before you take the step of taking your clock to a repairer.
ONLINE MARKET PLACES
Below is a list of online antiques outlets where you can offer your stock
for sale. These sites offer the Antique and Collectables dealer the
opportunity of showcasing their stock to reach a wider audience than they
would normally, without the expense of having their own online store.
It is also a more professional alternative than simply offering your
items through ebay.
UK Sellers and Dealers have the opportunity to list their items here by either
a 'Buy it Now' or Auction format listing. The prices are published on the website
and at time of writing, it is currently free to list with a sale commission of 3%
on the final sale price.