American Belleek Marks

 

 

 

Several American companies produced porcelain with a Belleek mark in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

 

Scroll down for history, helpful links,
and examples of American Belleek marks.

 

In 1863 an upstart American company called Ott & Brewer started producing a version of the Irish Belleek, and their products had marks which included the word Belleek. Other American companies that included Belleek in their marks were the Willets Manufacturing Company, the Ceramic Art Company - which became Lenox, Morris & Willmore (Columbian Art Pottery Co.), Perlee Incorporated, California Belleek, and more.

 

From what I can find, the word Belleek was no longer used in American wares after 1930. Perlee was a latecomer to the American Belleek trend and may have used that mark up until 1930. Lenox is the only one still in business, and they stopped using the Belleek mark in 1926.

 

The following list is not comprehensive I'm sure, but it is what I've found out so far. Information was gleaned from a variety of resources and is correct to the best of my knowledge, but please use your own judgement. All of these companies except Lenox are out of business, and Lenox does not have an "official" listing of marks on their web sites.

 

See http://www.ellarslie.org/about_pottery.htm for an interesting history of American potteries in Trenton, New Jersey.

 

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From my collection or with permission. See table

 

Dating American Belleek

Below is a table with a list of American Belleek marks I've found. While some of these companies have earlier and later marks, these show marks that actually include the word Belleek.

 

 

 

Company

Dated

Mark

Description or Picture

Picture of Item matching Mark

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And if you are in the mood for a little shopping, i have a shop called Cuppatique on Etsy for vintage, antique, and handmade items. I've posted some of my American Belleek for sale there, as well as:

       vintage cross stitch and crewel kits

       handmade Christmas stockings upcycled from fabulous purses and other finds

       vintage kitchen and home items

       and more

 

 

 

 

American Beleek Company

 

I can't find out anything about this one, found the piece at the auction of a huge Belleek collection. Very unusual, good quality, but spells Beleek with just one "l"

Unknown

Arc at top says

The Fine China

 

Banner says

American Beleek Company

 

Bottom text isn't readable

American Beleek Company, what is it? Cigar holder?

California Belleek

 

Can't find out much about Strikow except that he was crafting porcelain items in the early 1900s, and that he used the name California Belleek on his wares.

Early 1900s to 1920s

California Belleek Dainty demitasse decorated with flowers

 

 

 

California Belleek violin candy dish

Coxon

 

Coxon Pottery, Wooster, Ohio

1926-1930

Coxon Belleek cup and saucer, a little beauty!

Gordon

Early 1900s to 1920s?

Delicate Gordon Belleek cup and saucer

Lenox

1894-1906

(1889)

 

CAC is Ceramic Art Company, which later became Lenox.

Lovely hand painted CAC Belleek Stein / Tankard

 

1906-1924

(1906-1926)

Mark can be green or black

 

 

 

 

 

Three piece Lenox Belleek compote/server, palette mark

 

Detailed design in handpainted Lenox Belleek open salt

Morgan

1923-1931

Floral shallow Morgan Belleek soup bowl, Wild Rose pattern

 

 

Morgan Belleek teacup and saucer, Victoria pattern

Morris & Willmore (Columbian Art Pottery Co)

1893-1902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example from 1899

 

Morris and Willmore fabulous souvenir cup from the Davids Society New York 6th annual dinner, March 1 1899

 

 

 

Ott & Brewer

1878-1892

Belleek above, O&B below

Lovely pink-tinted Ott and Brewer teacup and saucer

 

1863-1894

Ott and Brewer Belleek small mug

Perlee

1920-1930

Delicate Perlee Belleek teapot, detailed floral artwork

Rittenhouse and Evans (American Art China Co.)

1891-1894

Hmmmm still looking for my Rittenhouse and Evans, preferably a teacup and saucer. This American Belleek brand is rare.

Willets

1879-1912

 

 

 

 

Classic Willets Belleek Tankard, hand painted and signed!

 

Art Deco Willets Belleek Sugar Bowl, hand painted

 

Willets Belleek tea set

Detail on Willets Belleek tea set

 

 

 

 

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Heather Ellen
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