Three modern fakes in this example show how the same 'flow blue' style fantasy pottery item can look in different sizes. Transfer decorated with a village scene in blue, any of these pitchers may be found described by a seller as 'Victorian' era Flo Blue and 'antique,' but though 'Victoria' may have been added to the mark on bottom, none of them have anything to do with that English monarch or the Victorian era. Although these marks look like the Royal Arms of England, to help suggest age and importance, they are false marks commonly seen on recent modern replicas.
Though the stamped marks vary somewhat from pitcher to pitcher, note their marks all also include the word "Ironstone" though the chalky look to the foot rim on their bottoms reveal that none are actually made of vitrified stoneware at all. These kinds of items do not qualify to be identified as 'ironstone'. When everything about a maker's mark on an item is a lie the potential buyer needs to know what other features can provide them with an accurate identification.
Many ceramic items imported for sale as nostalgic decorations (not for use) often are cheaply made and their glazes can contain a high lead content. So it is not advisable to use these new 'flow blue' pitchers to serve lemonade or milk.
Large Pitcher measures 10 x 8 1/2 inches.
Medium Pitcher measures 9 x 6 3/4 inches
Small Pitcher measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
Illustrations and Characteristics for Help in Identifying Many Confusing New Items
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