American pottery design dating
The first and perhaps most important decorative technique used by Georgia Indians was the use of wooden paddle stamps with different designs carved on their surfaces.
Makers imparted the designs to the vessel surface by striking the soft, wet vessels with the carved paddles.
The earliest pottery in Georgia—and in the United States—is fiber-tempered, so called because it was made of a paste formed by mixing, or tempering, Spanish moss with clay.
This early pottery dates to perhaps 4,500 years ago.
The next period of Van Briggle Pottery that can be accurately dated are pieces marked with USA.
It is commonly accepted that Van Briggle Pottery marked USA was produced between 19.
Van Briggle Pottery produced in 1905 can be found marked with a wider variety of Roman numerals including V, X, VV, and VX.
With a basic knowledge of clay color and texture and bottom markings, approximate dating of Van Briggle Pottery can easily be determined.
Since the majority of collectors are interested in dating early examples of Van Briggle this discussion will focus on dating examples from the 1920s and earlier.
Van Briggle Pottery has the distinction of being one of the oldest companies still producing American art pottery to this day.
The production of contemporary art pottery by Van Briggle as well as the fact that the company did not maintain great consistency in its bottom markings can make it difficult for novice Van Briggle collectors to determine accurate dates of production.
In 1906 Van Briggle Pottery stopped using Roman numeral markings and for the first time added either Colorado Springs or Colo Springs to the bottom marks.