The Mc Kinley Tariff act of 1891 required that imported items be marked with their country of origin. There are scillions of Made in Japan marks and a great book that identifies most of them, I recommend that you look into it to identify your collectible piece.Maling took out over one hundred patents of designs between 18. The following list does NOT relate to Maling pieces, but may help you to arrive at an approximate date for any piece which carries a Registered Number (often abbreviated to "Rd No").Please Note - Popular shapes may have been in production for several decades after they were first registered!You have: Maling appear to have used two main sequences of pattern numbers: the first probably running from c.1883 to c.1918, and the second running from c.1908 to the end of the pottery's life.Confusingly, the two overlapping lists follow the same numerical order, so a piece numbered 6000 could be 1890s or 1930s.Japan is further distinguished by the unusual esteem that ceramics holds within its artistic tradition, owing to the enduring popularity of the tea ceremony.Japanese ceramic history records distinguished many potter names, and some were artist-potters, e.g. Japanese anagama kilns also have flourished through the ages, and their influence weighs with that of the potters.
Petrus Regout founded a glass and crystal works company in Maastricht, Holland in 1834. Since 1974 Maastricht has been part of the British company Reed International. It seems likely that any item marked "Made in Japan" was probably made or imported after 1921. In 1845 James Meakin worked at Newtown Works, Uttoxeter Road, Longton.Catalina Ware and Catalina Art Ware were originally made by Santa Catalina Island Co., Avalon, CA. Early wares have "Catalina" inscribed into the piece.It can be identified by numbers with the letter "C", the Catalina glazes have the letters "CA" and numbers. Later, after the acquisition the mark was changed to a stamped mark. In 1934, the company began manufacturing dinnerware and art pottery marketed under the name Franciscan Ware.NOTE: all the information is given in good faith and believed to be correct - however if you are going to use it for the basis of valuations, purchases or sales then you must verify it from independent, qualified sources.If you're lucky, you may find small numbers impressed into the base of the piece in form. (BIG numbers are pattern shapes, or occasionally the size in inches.) Otherwise, the following information should help you to date your pieces of Maling.Your sense of style should tell you which is which.