W. M. Co Semi Porcelain Back Stamp

annie1971March 24, 2011

I have a pitcher and wash bowl by the Willets Manufacturing Co of Trenton NJ. I know it dates between 1879 - 1909, but I would like to be more specific on the date period. They used a few different stamps, and this is the one in the octagon (W. M. Co ) with Semi above and Porcelain below. It's the only one that I haven't been able to put a time period to.

Anyone here have info on the dates Willets used the octagon shape back stamp?

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It's on page 152 of Kovels' New Dictionary of Marks but says 1879-1909 (1879-1962) So they may have closed for short time & reopened or reorganized, had a fire or who knows. No date give as to when this backstamp was used. Sorry!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 11:52PM
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From what I've learned, Willets used the Semi Porcelain octagonal back stamp only on their semi porcelain pieces, most likely throughout the 1879-1906 period. So I will advertise it as such. They used different marks on different products. If anyone learns something different, I would love to hear from you.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 8:02PM
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I thank you all,for the help.I've a Gravy Boat,Purple Lilac's,I believe,with Gold Trim Thumb Guard on Handle is very nice.Now;I at least know "How",to list it:)Just need to find "Market Value"?Anyhow; Thanks obxbyrde

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 4:48AM
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