Arnart Creations Crossed Arrows
Crossed arrows were stamped in several countries as a porcelain brand. Whether this was in reference to the famous Meissen crossed swords, it should be presumed to be. Today, you will find mark crossed arrows on porcelain dishes, porcelain figurines, and knickknacks from the following countries:
- Germany: Kalk Porcelain Factory Eisenberg / Thuringia
- France: Paris porcelain factory Bloch (often with the addition: “PORCELAINE DE PARIS FRANCE”)
- Japan: Arnartcreation or Arnart (often with a multi-digit number)
- USA: Homco (Home Improvement Co.) (often with a multi-digit number, decorative name and / or artist name)
In addition, there are also hand-painted Markung crossed arrows, but the problem of a properly assigning them is that there were several companies that are used weapons as a trademark. For example, the porcelain factory, Rauenstein, crossed flags, the teat porcelain villages crossed spears, and Volkstedter porcelain factory used cruising signs, all of them together with a certain similarity which is presumably intended. You can see how it can be hard to identify porcelain pieces to a manufacturer.
When looking at Arnart marks and seeing the different number combinations one tends to believe that there was some connection between Arnart and HOMCO. The marks themselves – and the items these marks appear on – are not HOMCO as the marks were registered by Arnart and the mold style, decoration and other marks clearly indicate Arnart as source. Arnart was in the replication business so they simply used a numbering system similar to HOMCO to better position themselves in the marketplace. Arnart even went as far as to use the HOMCO numbering scheme for some Erich Stauffer figurines.
Here are some books on Volkstedter porcelain and HOMCO “Denim Days” figurines:
|Dresden Porcelain Studios [Hardcover]||Antiques Price Guide 2008 [Hardcover]||Mary Barker’s Complete Collection Home Interior’s/ Homco Denim Days 2nd Edition [Paperback]|
One reviewer said of Barker’s HOMCO guide, “This was for my mom, she collects denim days. She loves the book. Now she can see what to look for next.” What will you look for next?