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If you are at all interested in antique bone china you will need to keep this guide handy. This section is not a directory of pottery marks, but explains who founded the company, in what era, and what happened subsequently. The A - Z directory starts immediately below a short introduction.
Bone china is a type of porcelain with added animal bone.
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Bone china is a very pure white (whiter than standard European porcelain) and can be cast so thin as to be translucent, yet is still surprisingly chip resistant compared with lesser crockery like ironstone and earthenware.
The first firm to develop a reliable recipe was Spode in 1799. Germany, France and the rest of Europe stuck to their older, more traditional Chinese porcelain recipes (no animal bone).Tea-drinking customs had shifted by around 1500, when the first true teapots emerged.Scholars speculate that the earliest tea pots were modeled after taller ewers used for serving wine.The hot beverage quickly caught on in nearby Japan, where artisans crafted rough earthenware teapots known as kyusu.Those designed with curved handles at the back are called ushirode, while pots with a single knob-like handle on the side are referred to as yokode.