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Post by Redware on December 18th 2013, 4:13 pm

Hi Guys, I have visited my local charity shop and you should see the smile on my face when I've seen the makers mark on the ceramics. However after closer inspection I doubt I've spent my 5 quid wisely  Shock 
I got a tea pot, creamer and a cup + saucer. All stamped Arabia but the quality of the ceramics is so to say questionable. The marks look strange as well, one of the marks have been rubbed off as well.
Any ideas? Is it far east production or maybe lower grade Arabia hotel ware?





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Post by NaomiM on December 18th 2013, 4:22 pm

Seems legit. Most appear to bear the 1949-64 mark, and one with the 1971-75 mark, so I suspect the quality of the earlier ones may be due to post-war shortages.
The loss of the mark may be due to it not being dishwasher-proof.

http://www.arabia.fi/web/Arabiawww.nsf/file/about_arabia_factory_stamps_arabia_factorymarkings/$file/Arabia_factorymarkings.pdf

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Post by Redware on December 18th 2013, 4:41 pm

That's interesting Naomi, you may be right about the shortages, Finns had some tough times when Soviet Russia tried to "free the working class of Finland" and lost quite big piece of their land. I have nice pre war lustre piece and the quality of that one is brilliant.
The other thing is that there were 2 pots, 2 creamers and quite a few cups + saucers in the shop. How over 10 pieces (some of them identical) in almost unused condition end up in the charity shop? The mark also looks a bit dodgy, the pattern is fine but it looks like somebody grabbed white spray paint and well made stencil   

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Post by dantheman on December 18th 2013, 5:13 pm

looks OK to me  Um... 

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Post by NaomiM on December 18th 2013, 5:36 pm

How over 10 pieces (some of them identical) in almost unused condition end up in the charity shop?

Probably an old and unwanted wedding gift.

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Post by Redware on December 18th 2013, 5:40 pm

I'll just have to live with it. The thing is I didn't handle too many pieces of Arabia tableware so cannot compare it to anything.
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Post by Redware on December 18th 2013, 5:52 pm

Ok, got it! Kaj Franck Kilta design.
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