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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 inBassett's Roseville Prices and the catalog pages in Understanding Roseville Pottery and Jack and Nancy Bomm's Roseville in All Its Splendor.
For items that do not appear in those books, shape numbers can be identified only by locating an example marked at the factory with a pencil, crayon, or inkstamp notation. You can help! If you find a window box marked with a shape number whose line is not identified below, please contact Mark Bassett.
351-13.5" = Creamware (notably Persian)
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).
381-9" = Cosmos
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.
658-8" = Gardenia
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