Like many ceramic works, pieces from Haeger Potteries can be identified through distinctive marks and characteristics, including the name of the manufacturer. A model number might also be visible on the piece.
- Turn the piece over
On the bottom of the object, look for the name of the manufacturer. Haeger began to produce pottery commercially in 1914, and the company marked pieces with the name "Haeger" over an "H." In 1938, Haeger added the word "Royal" to the marking to honor one of the factory designers, Royal Hickman. "USA" is another common non-exclusive marking, as is the model number.
- Identify pottery without the manufacturer's name
Haeger first started producing pottery in 1871 under the name Dundee Brickyard. Early pieces and those without markings can be identified by a seam that runs along the middle of the underside.
- Research works online and in books
Over the years, Haeger has gained a reputation for creating distinctive glazes and shapes. Look through books and auction catalogs featuring the company to help with the identification process. Because commercially produced pottery is not unique, you may easily find an identical or similar piece.
- Visit the factory and museum
Haeger Potteries continues to produce pottery, and they welcome visits to the factory and museum. Compare the object to ones within the museum, which contains many examples from the entire history of the company.