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Resources for Identifying and Researching Your Artifacts, Objects and Specimens

Helpful resources from the Curators at the Ohio History Connection to identify, research and preserve a variety of Ohio items. Use the tabs at the left to see resources related to specific items.

General Pottery Types and Marks


Lois Lehner, Ohio Pottery and Glass: Mars and Manufacturers, 1978, Wallace-Homestead Book Co.

Raymond Limoges, American Limoges: Identification and Value Guide, 1996, Collector Books.


Ralph M. Kovel and Terry H. Kovel. Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain, 1972, Crown Publishers, Inc.

C. Jordan Thorn, Handbook of Old Pottery & Porcelain Marks, 1947, Tudor Publishing Co.

Art Pottery

Paul Evans, Art Pottery of the United States: An Encyclopedia of Producers and their Marks, 1974, Charles Scribner's Sons.


M. Chaels Rebert, American Majolica, 1850-1900, 1981, Wallace-Homestead Book Co.


Gerald DeBolt, Debolt's Dictionary of American Pottery Marks: Whiteware and Porcelain, 1994, Collector Books.

Frederick Litchfield, Pottery and Porcelain, 1953, M. Barrows and Co.


William C. Ketchum Jr., American Redware, 1991, Henry Holt & Co. 


Georgeanna H. Greer, American Stonewares: The Art and Craft of Utilitarian Potters, 1981, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.


Gerald DeBolt, Debolt's Dictionary of American Pottery Marks: Whiteware and Porcelain, 1994, Collector Books.


Joan Leibowitz, Yellow Ware: The Transitional Ceramic, 1985, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

East Liverpool Potters and Pottery Marks

William C. Gates Jr. and Dana E. Ormerod, The East Liverpool, Ohio, Pottery District: Identification of Manufacturers and Marks, 1982, The Society for Historical Archaeology.

Margaret Whitmyer and Kenn Whitmyer, The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China, 1989, Collector Books.

Neva W. Colbert, The Collector's Guide to Harker Pottery U.S.A., n.d., Collector Books.

William Gray and Donna Gray, Harker Pottery: From Rockingham and Yellowware to Modern, 2006, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association, Fiesta, Harlequin, & Kitchen Kraft Tablewares: The Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association Guide, 2000, Schiffer Pub.

Sharon Huxford and Bob Huxford, The Collectors Encyclopedia of Fiesta, With Harlequin And Riviera, 1992, Collectors Books.

Joanne Jasper, The Collector's Encyclopedia of Homer Laughlin China: Reference & Value Guide, 1993, Collector Books.

Bob Page, Dale Frederiksen and Dean Six, Homer Laughlin: Decades of Dinnerware, 2003, Page/Frederiksen Publications.

Zanesville Potters and Pottery Marks

Zanesville Museum of Art

Hull Pottery Company, Its Marks, and Spotting Fakes

Sharon Huxford and Bob Huxford, The Collectors Encyclopedia of McCoy Pottery, 1980, Collector Books.

Identifying Roseville Pottery Marks and Patterns

Sharon Huxford and Bob Huxford, The Collectors Encyclopedia of Roseville Pottery, 1976, Collector Books.

Ann Gilbert McDonald, All About Weller: A History and Collector's Guide to Weller Pottery, Zanesville, Ohio, 1989, Antique Publications.

Weller Pottery Identification and Value Guide

Sharon Dale, Frederick Hurten Rhead: An English Potter in America, 1986, Erie Art Museum.

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