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If I want to buy an antique oyster plate online,what should keep in mind ??
Buying antique oyster plates can and should be a rewarding experience!
You want to buy from a reputable and knowledgeable seller.
We go to great lengths to research our items !
Many times antique oyster plates have no makers marks, so you will not know where or when they were produced. Manufacturers did not have to mark their wares in any way until the McKinley Tariff Act of 1891. This law required the name of the country where the ceramic was originally made.
If you have an oyster plate with no marks and want to be sure that it is antique, there are ways to detect its authenticity.
Look for imperfections in the porcelain, many of which occurred while being fired in the kiln.
Look for hand written or impressed numbers in the clay. Also, you want to look for signs of wear to the high points of the plate which is normally from years of being stacked. In the photo above, you see the oyster plate in the background has both hand written and impressed numbers in the clay and the plate in the foreground has white spots on the brown where the paint has been worn off from time and use. These are good indications of age and tells you they are not fakes or reproductions that are so prevelant online.
Look for sellers who give you book examples and who show makers marks.
O.K. That's Great! But what do I want to watch out for when I buy online?
If the seller gives you very little information on their item or if the price is very low, be wary.
If the plate is marked and the seller does not give a close-up of the back mark, ask him to add a photo so you can see what to expect and maybe do some research of your own!
If the plate has No wear and looks brand new it probably is.
If the seller does not show a photo of the back the plate, but says it is marked "Limoges", once again, ask for a photo of the mark. There are many examples of fake Limoges oyster plates out there right now! Most have this fake "Limoges" mark on the back in gold. If you see this, RUN! These are cheap Chinese knock-offs that are flooding the marketplace.
Also, right now I am finding copies of the Union Porcelain Works UPW oyster plates and the German "Waffle" pattern oyster plates are being reproduced. The waffle oyster plate I find the most of is pink and white, so beware!
To sum up....
Purchase from a trusted, knowledgeable seller.
If it is too perfect to be old, it's probably new!
Research your makers marks before purchase if the seller does not know about his item.
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