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Gaston's Blue Willow : identification & value guide
Gaston, Mary Frank.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Paducah, Ky. : Collector Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
271 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Blue willow. Rev. 2nd ed. 1990.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
NK4277 .G37 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A history of the Blue Willow pattern begins the book with descriptions of the many border and center patterns of this china. Dating Blue Willow and collecting Blue Willow are discussed, and all known marks are illustrated. Over 650 color photographs of bowls, ashtrays, plates, pitchers, vases, platters, sugar bowls, and much more are included. A special feature in this edition highlights the variations in the Willow pattern, which are often mixed in with the traditional Willow patterns and confuse collectors. Gaston makes identification easy, separating not only pattern variations but Willow produced in other colors. There are also several helpful indexes provided: objects, patterns, English manufacturers, Japanese items, American manufacturers, and origins other than England, Japan, and the United States. 2004 values.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 4
Prefacep. 6
Collecting Blue Willowp. 7
The Blue Willow Legendp. 7
History of the Blue Willow Patternp. 7
Blue Willow Patternsp. 8
Dating Blue Willowp. 10
Advice for Collectorsp. 12
Marksp. 14
Englishp. 14
Japanesep. 22
Americanp. 24
Miscellaneous Foreignp. 26
The Traditional Blue Willow Patternp. 27
English Examplesp. 27
English Manufacturersp. 28
Unmarked English Chinap. 89
Japanese Manufacturersp. 116
American and Other Manufacturersp. 148
The Traditional Pattern in Other Colorsp. 162
Other Willow Patternsp. 183
Boothsp. 183
Burleighp. 194
Cantonp. 200
Mandarinp. 205
Turnerp. 213
Two Temples Ip. 216
Two Temples IIp. 218
Worcesterp. 239
Pictorial Border Patternsp. 242
Variant Willow Patternsp. 246
Reproductionsp. 255
Glossaryp. 263
Bibliographyp. 265
Index to Manufacturersp. 267
Englishp. 267
General Japanese Marks or Unmarked Japanesep. 268
Americanp. 268
Origin Other than England, Japan, United Statesp. 269
Index to Objectsp. 269