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After 1915 and Identifying Marks
Buffalo Pottery Mark on Roosevelt Bears Milk Pitcher

Buffalo Pottery Mark on Roosevelt Bears Milk Pitcher (Click on the Photo to See a Larger View)

Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions
Buffalo’s manufacturing process was modernized in 1915 allowing for greater output of vitreous china making the production of institutional ware more feasible, according to Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide edited by Ellen T. Schroy. The firm became the leader in china commissioned by railroads, hotels, and restaurants, and their production focused on these products during this period.

In the early 1920s, fine china was made for home use including the well known Bluebird pattern. Buffalo also made additional Deldare pieces (see page 2 for more on Deldare) from 1921-1923.

In 1950 the company made its first Christmas plate and these were given away to customers and employees for about a decade. These are hard to find in the secondary marketplace today. The company was reorganized in 1956 and renamed Buffalo China, which is now owned by Oneida Silver Company.

Buffalo Pottery Marks

A number of different marks were used by Buffalo Pottery, most featuring an American bison somewhere in the logo (click on the photo above to see a larger view showing a "buffalo" in the center of the mark), and all indicating the date the piece was made. Buffalo made both semi-vitreous and vitreous wares, and some pieces indicated the type in the mark. Deldare pieces (see page 2 of this feature to view an example) had its own unique marks identifying pieces as part of these lines.

Buffalo’s Blue Willow dinnerware pattern (discussed on page 1 of this article) was marked “First Old Willow Ware Mfg. in America,” according to Warman’s.

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