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Amongst pottery collectors it has long been said that the best way to become more knowledgeable is to have, hold and handle pottery. Few of us are experts, we may just know a bit more because we have done just that, collected a bit longer and handled more pottery, although keen interest and observation do play there part. At meetings of the Torquay Pottery Collectors’ Society there are mystery sessions where members bring a variety of unmarked pots to be identified. Often this can be done by the one or two chosen ‘experts’ on hand for the task but frequently other members help out and sometimes a pot is left still a mystery at the end of the group consideration.

Firstly have a look at the Not Torquay Pottery page on this site as the many examples gathered by experienced collectors and shown there can be very helpful to both the new and old collectors. Also obtain a copy of the very comprehensive TPCS Marks Book to help identify difficult to understand back stamps or potters marks.

One has to bear in mind that over the years the South Devon potteries changed ownership, with fashions and styles also changing. Many pottery workers and decorators changed jobs more than once. Thus similarities occurring between designs, shapes or motto lettering etc. Other factors can also be considered like the decorating technique, glaze, slip or pigment colours as well as the clay body of the pot.

Below are some Scandy illustrations to help identification also photographs of confusing pots if they were found without a back stamp or potters mark. Included with some photographs are simple identification hints.

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