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Roseville Pottery Information | Shape Families

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By 1916, Roseville introduced a systematic method of assigning shape numbers by shape family. Until 1936, the shape numbers were seldom indicated on the actual pottery. Many can be found by studying the shape lists in Bassett's Roseville Prices and the catalog pages in Understanding Roseville Pottery and Jack and Nancy Bomm's Roseville in All Its Splendor. 

You can help! If you find a pair of Raymor Modern Artware bookends, please contact Mark Bassett. (I'd like to photograph them, in addition to recording the shape number.)
 

1 = Pine Cone
2 = Ivory, or Crystal Green
 

In 1936, Roseville began marking pieces with permanent (either impressed or raised) shape numbers. Examples from older lines that bear impressed or raised shape numbers were made in 1936 (or later).

3 = Thorn Apple
4 = Dawn
5 = Iris
6 = Bleeding Heart
7 = White Rose
8 = Columbine
9 = Bushberry
10 = Foxglove
11 = Peony
12 = Water Lily
13 = Magnolia
14 = Clematis
15 = Freesia
16 = Zephyr Lily
 

In 1947, Roseville introduced the first of several new shape numbering systems, none of which were as systematic as the system used between roughly 1916 and 1946.

Shape number unknown = Raymor Modern Artware
1BE = Snowberry
71B = Burmese
81B = Burmese
259-6" = Wincraft
359 = Apple Blossom
459-8" = Pine Cone Modern
559 = Ming Tree
659 = Gardenia
859 = Bittersweet

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