If you've inherited or purchased some pieces of antique china, it helps to know the process for learning more about your treasures.Often, the piece holds many clues, and understanding how to read these can help you identify the pattern.Typically, this beautiful gilt paint is applied to the edges of plates, cups, bowls, and other pieces.
While most fine china features identification marks, you may find that some very early pieces do not have backstamps.
According to The Potteries.org, a website by potter and history expert Steve Birks, this was quite common with early bone china.
Click on the manufacturer name to see a list of patterns.
You can also look up patterns on manufacturer-specific sites: Dating is an important part of identification.
Knowing how to find out your china pattern name or number can give you sense of your piece's place in history.