How old and where did this peice of sea glass come from?

by Molly Hungerford
(Santa Cruz, CA)

How old do you think this piece of beach ceramic is?

How old do you think this piece of beach ceramic is?

~ submitted by Molly Hungerford in Santa Cruz, California

" chin..." is what is shown.

id sea glass bone china shard beach pottery
~ Comment from David at

As Seaglassdog states in his comment below, "Bone China" is the logical wording on the piece of sea glass ceramic shown above.

How old is this bone china? That is very hard to say.

Bone China has been long considered "fine china" due to its very white and transluscent appearance.

Although the process to make bone china started with Thomas Frye in London, England back in 1748, it was not too popular and likely very little has survived.

id sea glass bone china shard beach potteryThe process used by Thomas Frye (using calcinated bone in the glass making process) was refined by Josiah Spode and came into production around 1790 in Stoke, England.

Most of the bone china produced and sold in the years after the process was invented was made in Stoke-on-Trent in England.

This "china" ware became very popular after Frye refined the process and quickly started to be produced by other pottery manufacturers.

Now, bone china is produced in many countries... even in China.

id sea glass bone china shard beach potterySo the oldest your piece would be would be around 1800... however, since bone china has been produced up to the present, it is nearly impossible to say when your piece of bone china was made.

It definitely is a nice find, though!

David @

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stone china
by: Laurie

This looks similar to a piece I found with the makes mark.

My piece of stone China was made by James Edwards and son Dalehall.

The lion and unicorn(on your fragment) is a symbol for the British Royal Arms and was used by many makers. It will be hard to determine the maker worth this fragment, but if you can find a mark the matches the fragment, then you will be better able to estimate a safe for this piece.


sea glass
by: Anonymous


Bone China
by: Seaglassdog

Bone China my friend! Doesn't get any easier then this one!!

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