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Lesley Shepherd
Definition: Backstamp - In pottery, china and porcelain backstamps are the identifying mark, name stamp, or signature of a manufacture which is normally found on the underside of the piece. It may be stamped, decaled, or cut (incised) into the piece.

Pieces from the same pottery works may carry different backstamps depending on who commissioned the work. There are also large numbers of fake backstamps which are very hard to detect.

Alternate meaning: In stamp collecting a backstamp is the mark of any postal station the cover (envelope or package) traveled through en route to its destination. It was often a mark used to denote time in transit. The backstamp is usually applied to the back of the envelope, but may appear on the front depending on postal regulations.

Some Pottery Backstamps:

  • Also Known As: Manufacturer's Mark
    Examples:
    Wade Whimsies are usually marked with a raised Wade stamp on the back of the figurine.

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