CHARLES RUTENBERG REALTY INC
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Tea and Crumpets?

by CBM Sells Team 02/10/2019


 

If Downton Abbey or Pride and Prejudice speak to your inner self, add a little Victorian charm to your décor with well-placed picks of porcelain. If farmhouse style is more your thing, vintage ceramic ware can bring your design to life.

In housewares, ceramics and porcelain span the gambit from lanterns, pitchers, and vases to delicate teacups, figurines, ornaments, and even knobs and pulls. Deciding where to add your special touches is the first step. But once you know where you want it, you need to find it.

Vintage shops, antique stores, and flea markets offer a lot of choices, but not all of it is antique. And if it is vintage, it might not prove hand-painted. It might be transferware or otherwise mass-produced. So, know what it should look like before you go antiquing.

What is transferware?

Historically, as a means of mass-producing ceramic or porcelain pieces, manufacturers would create an engraving on a copper plate. The inked engraving transferred onto paper and then the paper applied to the un-kilned clay object—anything from fine bone china to earthenware—allowed the clay to absorb the ink and create the design. Then, with the paper removed, glazing and firing developed the final piece with design intact. Developed in Staffordshire, England in the mid-1700s, the area became widely known for mass-produced wares destined to grace the tables of the burgeoning middle class. In the 1820s and 1830s, many designs became popular in the United States. 

While not as valuable as hand-painted pieces, transferware is highly collectible and sought after by dealers. Modern reproductions of transferware use a different, printed technique to recreate the look of the original, but they are not indeed transferware since they use different methods to imprint the designs.

To distinguish transferware from hand-painted pieces, scrutinize the edges. If the pattern runs off the side, it's likely to be transferware. Hand-painted designs flow with the shape of the dish.

Is it porcelain?

Porcelain is translucent. That means that light shines through it. So, use your cell phone’s flashlight feature to see if the beam comes through. If you can’t see a glow from the other side, it most likely is earthenware or stoneware ceramics. 

Check for stamps, initials, signatures, and other identifying marks. Often, vintage ceramics from the Eighteenth century or older showed stamped marks while newer porcelain or ceramic ware have printed or impressed marks.

Should I buy it?

No matter what the provenance, if you like the piece and it brings you joy, display it with pride.

About the Author

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CBM Sells Team
CBM is the elite team for Charles Rutenberg Realty. The team is comprised of Candra Granville Mack, Blanche Davenport, and Melodie "Mel" Cooper. Our team has worked with many Tampa Bay buyers and sellers, including high profile celebrities. From the onset we have consistently been the top sales and listing agents. Many multiple millions in team sales during our years in the business brings you the experience and leadership you can depend on to get your real estate dreams fulfilled. We each sincerely mean what our motto says, "Caring Business Magic". This is our goal and a truth we each live by for all of our clients. Let us prove to you that we do mean what we say. Call today to become part of our CBM family. Meet the Team: Candra Granville Mack Even though I have seen so many changes in Hillsborough County as a Brandon native, I am still amazed by the growth past and present. There are so many changes, particularly in the real estate market. In 1998, when I got my real estate license, very few folks had email addresses or for that matter, even computers. There are many stories to tell you, but the main one is all about you. Today with all of the technology and ads that are everywhere the market is so fast paced and confusing it is often difficult to make a wise decision. With me at your side the process will be smoother and easier in all aspects. My extensive knowledge of real estate with finely honed communication and negotiating skills gives you the edge needed to get the best property at the best price possible and or sell your home with your highest net profit. It has been my pleasure to help literally hundreds of fabulous buyers and sellers. Helping you with your real state dreams and needs is my goal and what I do best. Blanche Davenport In a world where customer service is becoming technology driven, void of the human element, I not only offer today’s technology, but real customer service, something that will never be going out of style or be replaced by technology. By putting heart into the process of real estate, a career where I can effectively help hundreds of people, including entire generations of families, you will experience the value of nearly 45 years of customer service with a focus on you. I am about you, your needs, dreams and aspirations. As an agent since 1995, I am a well-trained communicator, making my negotiating skills finely tuned to get you the best outcome whether you are a buyer or seller. There are only a few letters behind my name, which are the ones that really count. Those letters spell Realtor®, a word I am proud to have earned and strive to live up to every day. Melodie, "Mel", Cooper Throughout life helping others has been and continues to be my focus. Knowing that real estate buying or selling can be a complex undertaking I want to make it as easy as possible for my clients. Having me as your Realtor will help save you time, money and you will even enjoy the process! Assessing and applying your needs to help you reach your dream home is a specialty of mine. As your Realtor®, I will make sure that you get the most out of your next real estate transaction! With my 40 years in Tampa and an agent for 15 years my wide range of real estate knowledge in short sales, foreclosures, new homes, resale homes, investment properties we will be able to seek out your next home from many sources. With me on your team, we will work closely together to create the fulfillment of your dream and your future plans. For a buyer, I am ready, willing and able to be there with you until you have that special home. For sellers, I market their properties to achieve the most money as easily and as quickly as possible. CANDRA GRANVILLE MACK Serving zip codes 33578, 33579, 33592, 33594, 33579, 33602, 33603, 33606, 33607, 33609, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33543, 33544, 33545, 33547, 33548, 33549, 33556, 33558. 33559, 33572, 33542, 33510, 33511, 33527, 33663, 33566, 33567, 33565. 33569, 33584, 33540, 33541, 33542, 33569, 33568, 33570 BLANCHE DAVENPORT Serving zip codes 33609, 33611, 33612, 33613, 33614, 33615, 33617, 33618, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33637, 33647, 33543, 33544, 33545, 34638, 34639, 34655 MEL COOPER Serving zip codes 33578, 33594, 33579, 33592, 33602, 33603, 33606, 33607, 33609, 33611, 33612, 33613, 33614, 33617, 33618, 33624, 33625, 33626, 33629, 33637, 33647, 33543, 33544, 33545, 34638, 34639, 34655, 33547, 33548, 33549, 33556, 33558, 33559, 33511, 33542, 33510, 33616