Common questions

How can you tell if a tea cup is antique?

How can you tell if a tea cup is antique?

Examine writing on the bottom of the tea set. If there are handwritten marks, the tea set is made before the 1800s, before stamping was used. If the tea set has a stamped logo, lettering and/or numbers that are not blue, the set was made after 1850. Any tea set with a logo or trademark is made after 1862.

What is the most expensive tea cup?

The world’s most expensive teacup at U$36 million. The 3-inch cup from the Ming Dynasty’s Chenghua Emperor (1465 to 1487) is considered the “holy grail” in China’s art world.

Are antique tea cups valuable?

Vintage teacups can be worth quite a lot! You’ll find them priced from $20-$100, even more if it is rare and in mint condition. Thrift stores, yard sales, antique shows and auctions are usually teacup heaven when it comes to finding some for just a few bucks and in excellent condition.

What kind of marks are on Aynsley pottery?

Aynsley china is generally well marked. Only the very earliest pieces are unmarked. Since the mid-1800s, “AYNSLEY” was impressed on the base of every piece. Aynsley used a number and letter system to date its pieces.

What was the formula for Aynsley bone china?

John II introduced the bone china formula for which Aynsley become famous. John II altered the manufacturing process. Porcelain clay was mixed with 50 percent bone ash.

What did Aynsley make in the 1840s and 1850s?

The new porcelain provided an ideal surface for the application of intricate nature-inspired patterns and gilding. In the 1840s and 1850s, Aynsley made primarily tableware and decorative pieces, with a focus on tea ware featuring intricate patterns on traditional shapes.

When did Aynsley add the word England to the back stamp?

After 1891, the word England was added to the back-stamp. From 1924 until 1950, a dating system was used whereby a number on the base of the item, when added to 1924, gave the year the item was produced. The typical Aynsley mark is a crown over a scroll containing the company name Aynsley in green or black.

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