The GPSA Gazette
monthly newsletter vol. 1 August 2002
Welcome! We hope you enjoy the first edition of the GPSA monthly newsletter, the GPSA Gazette.

We will attempt to publish informative and fun articles every month, with a focus on glass and pottery, for sellers and collectors alike!
Who is this woman?
by Treasure_House
Is this really the rare and desirable nude shot tumbler "Bottoms Up" by Catalina?
Would you recognize her from a photo online, or even in person?

Click here to take a fun and informative test that may save you from making an expensive mistake...
Catalina,is that you???
Is it Really Roseville?
The very first thing that should be said is that there is NO "new" Roseville. There is NO "second generation" Roseville. These terms are euphemisms used to describe reproductions.

The Roseville Pottery Company of Zanesville Ohio closed their doors in 1954.

So, without the red flag "new" or "second generation" clues in the description, how can you distinguish authentic Roseville from the newer and much less valuable copies?

By doing a little homework! This article will cover a few easily detected and most commonly seen reproductions. It is not all inclusive, and will primarily deal with pottery produced between 1937 to 1953. For more in depth information concerning Roseville marks, dates, and product lines please consult a book. I recommend "The Collectors Encyclopedia of Roseville Pottery" by Sharon & Bob Huxford, and Mike Nickel. The Antique Trader "Guide to Fakes & Reproductions" by Mark Chervenka is another good book, and a "must" for almost any collector.

The newer reproduction pieces are often very poorly decorated. The colors are "flat", the details are missing, and can be easily distinguished once you have compared the reproduction piece to a photo of an authentic piece. Again, having a book will help you enormously in learning what the patterns should actually look like.

Some of the reproduction pieces are not so easily recognized at first glance. For those, a look inside and at the underside will help you determine authenticity.

Check the inside of the piece for glazing. All original Roseville is fully glazed inside. After all, these were functional pieces, intended for use. If the glaze stops within a few inches of the rim, the piece is a fake.

If the decoration looks good, and the inside is fully glazed, turn the piece over for one last look. Roseville used a raised script mark between 1937 and 1953. This script ALWAYS contained the initials "U.S.A". If there is no "U.S.A." mark, or it is more faint than the rest of the mark, it is a reproduction. It is important to note that the presence of the "U.S.A." does
NOT mean that the piece is authentic. Some of the reproductions were shipped to this country with only a removable foil sticker denoting their country of origin. Always check the decoration and inside glaze as well.

If you come across a small piece of Roseville, such as a candle holder, that has no mark, it is not necessarily a reproduction. You should then rely on a comparison of the color and decoration with a known authentic piece.

I hope that you find this information helpful, and wish you the best of luck with your collecting!

Click here for more information on Roseville reproductions...
photo courtesy of Essie's Attic
Reproduction of a Roseville White Rose jardiniere
photos courtesy of Littleton Antiques
Authentic Roseville jardiniere and mark.- note that you will often see factory pencil marks under glaze.
photo courtesy of Essie's Attic
Note the similar script, but missing "U.S.A." on this repro.
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