French or Japanese? Crossed Arrow Marks On Figures.

     You purchased  a figure at a garage sale, is it a treasure or an ordinary buy? On the bottom of the item is a “crossed arrows” mark. Marks on antique ceramics and porcelains indicate the age and value of the piece.

     The type of arrows and numbers on the bottom of the piece are important in valuing a piece.

     Crossed arrows were placed on items from France or from Japan.The French imported  figures from the Kalk factory  in the 19th and 20th century.in Germany . The marks were “crossed arrows” painted in blue.

     In 1774, the Rue de la Roquette factory in France made hard paste figures and they were marked in blue with the”crossed arrows”.  In 1771, the Lai Courtelle factory in France made figures and they were incised with the “crossed arrows”.

     The Boch factory Porcelaine De Paris in France also made figures marked that way.

     The Ardalt factory in Japan imported figures in the in the  1950ties and these figures also had the “crossed arrows” marked on the bottom . They also had multi digit numbers with the arrows. They sometimes have stickers or are marked “Japan”.This is the way you can tell the difference, The French had no multi  digit numbers with the arrows. The French. however. could have  a group of numbers indicating the number produced and which number of the lot you were purchasing such as 2/100.    

     Homco sold in “Dollar Stores” also have the figures with arrows and  multi digit numbers. . They may also have numbers indicating the decor name or the artists name.

     These facts may help you when buying figures. The Ardalt and Homco figures may be of beautiful design, so it is up to you whether you want value or are interested in the design of the object itself.

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I am retired and interested in writing. I have been active in the community and at present am working with the Historical Society.
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