To identify Limoges porcelain, owners need to inspect the factory stamp on the bottom and look closely at the construction of the porcelain item. Limoges porcelain was manufactured at several factories in Limoges, France.
Named after the region from whence they originated, all genuine Limoges porcelain features a stamp that includes the location Limoges, France. It also includes a design that identifies which company made the piece. Many stamps also indicate if the porcelain was hand-painted. Owners can compare the stamp on the porcelain to a list of manufacturer stamps to confirm which one made their piece. Stamps to be particularly aware of include those with an AE mark, indicating the piece is an Allund, one of the oldest Limoges manufacturers, and also a red or green stamp representing the Bawo and Dotter company, owners of the Elite France porcelain company.
Owners should also closely inspect the design to ensure the piece is authentic. Limoges designs most often included birds, butterflies and flowers in between two layers of glaze, giving the finish a shiny or crackled appearance. In addition, hinges on LImoges boxes were made of gold.
The boxes were often given as gifts to young women to store trinkets and other small items.