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To many it may appear strange that more space has not been devoted to American china. As a matter of actual fact, very little china was made in America prior to 1840, the year up to which this volume treats of china making. Most of the old china in America, with the exception of the products of one exceptional china factory, is either china made at one of the factories already enumerated in England or else china imported from the East. The china of the British factories forms part of the common Anglo-Saxon heritage, along with language, laws and customs.
The plates, platters, dishes tureens jugs and tea services with American buildings, views and public personages printed in blue as decorations, were, almost with out exception, made at Liverpool or the Staffordshire potteries for the American market. Comparatively few of them are really chinaware at all. Most of them are an excellent quality of white earthenware or stone china and, therefore, strictly speaking, do not come within the purview of this volume which deals with porcelain of both the soft paste and hard paste types and the bone-porcelain, which stands mid-way between the two.
As pointed out, in the earlier sections, the chinaware of Oriental and English origin can be studied and collected in America just as well as in England, for it was brought to America in the Colonial period and in the early years of the Republic by ship-loads.