Dating frankoma marks glaze colors

20 Jun

Van Briggle Pottery has the distinction of being one of the oldest companies still producing American art pottery to this day.The production of contemporary art pottery by Van Briggle as well as the fact that the company did not maintain great consistency in its bottom markings can make it difficult for novice Van Briggle collectors to determine accurate dates of production.Pieces marked USA will typically display the similar sandy colored, grainy (buff) bottom.

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Van Briggle Pottery produced between the later part of 1907 through 1912 is typically marked Van Briggle, Colo Spgs (or Colorado Springs), as well as finisher numbers to either or both the left and right of the double A logo and the design number below Colo Spgs.

Identifying the date of production of Frankoma pottery can sometimes prove difficult.

A recent article in Antique Week provided some valuable insight into dating Frankoma pottery.

A common characteristic of the pottery produced during this period is a darker clay bottom (often referred to as a dirty bottom) and bottoms with glaze streaks and residue.

Many 1920 examples of Van Briggle Pottery are marked only with the logo, and 20 signifying 1920.