Wedgwood is just over 250 years old. This makes any piece of Wedgwood made from the first year to 150 years into production an antique. For an item to be an antique it has to be at least 100 years old. Read the differences between antique, vintage, and collectible item for more information. The Wedgwood Company keeps thorough records of all the designs they produce. Pieces of Wedgwood can be easily and accurately dated.
Josiah Wedgwood marked all of his designs with a signature to identify the piece he created. This helps to verify that these pieces of Wedgwood are not a copy. This also makes it easy to date these pieces of Wedgwood accurately to the month and year it was produced. Many Wedgwood reproducers have gone to enormous lengths to falsely copy these marks. There are many newer pieces of Wedgwood china on the market that looks like antique Wedgwood China.
When buying Wedgwood or any antique from an online auction or store use caution. Antique Wedgwood China has become a popular item and is highly reproduced. Uninformed buyer may think they are getting a bargain on an antique piece of Wedgwood, when in fact they are buying a reproduction.
There are many well known collections of antique Wedgwood China worth millions of dollars. This depends on a providence of the collection i.e. the original owner, Condition of the collection and how complete the collection is.
One of the most famousÂ Wedgwood collections was once owned by the Queen of England. This collection has been meticulously maintained, passed down through the generations of the royal family and currently on display in London. This collection is considered priceless, irreplaceable, and one of a kind.
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