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Antique Duck Decoys
Most collectible duck decoys were made between 1880 and 1939 and have become quite popular. Because of this they are extremely hard to find, especially in their original state. Often reheaded or repainted, or even recently carved and made to look old, it is hard to tell what is an antique and what isn’t. Check carefully. Because the neck is the weakest point, the heads of antique decoys often break off and need to be repaired. You can usually tell if a new head or an old one has been glued to the body.
Creamware Is giving majolica, faience, and delft a good run for the money. Some consider this chic pottery more valuable. Personally, I love the cream-colored earthenware. The color is so subtly this side of white, and the extraordinary workmanship can still be appreciated today. I love the soft glow and smooth feel of the creamy brilliant glaze. When set on a table these pieces are simply elegant under candlelight.
Creamware came into vogue between 1760 and 1790 and spread throughout Europe. In this country, a Wedgwood potter named John Bartram began making it in 1770. Teapots, coffeepots, and pitchers were made on a potter’s wheel, while plates, handles, tableware, and elaborate decorations were press-molded. Notable openwork fruit baskets and stands were intricately produced by Josiah Wedgwood, who created a better glaze that was immune to crazing and pitting, resulting in exceptionally beautiful and pure creamware.
When looking for creamware don’t be put off if a piece isn’t marked. Most of these pieces don’t have markings on them. However, the marks of a few early makers are Herculaneum Pottery, Davenport, Wedgwood, Spode, Leeds, Neale & Co., and Turner. Check for repairs, especially on handles and edges. If a piece seems excessively thick, it was probably made in the late 1800s, a century after the height of the creamware period. If you have such pieces, it is best not to put them in the dishwasher.