Most people have probably heard of Staffordshire Porcelain, and most vintage and antique porcelain collectors are probably familiar with the name. It is also a type of porcelain which was known as salt-glazed, or creamware porcelain, but these aren’t the only types produced there.
But, just what does Staffordshire mean when you’re talking about pottery & porcelain? And it is also associated with a style of porcelain design – Blue Ware was a porcelain design that originated in Staffordshire.
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A common potters mark or symbol can be found on large quantities of Staffordshire pottery & porcelain.
The Staffordshire knot mark, as it is known, consists of a three loop knot constructed from a length of rope.
Some pieces, however, were as early as the 1770’s and other pieces dated to the early 1900’s.
As porcelain makers began using the Devonshire white clay their porcelain formulations became known as soft-paste or salt-glazed porcelain.
Often with a set of initials within the knot loops and sometimes a crown above the knot.