How to identify Authentic Belleek Merchandize?
Though the first item of Belleek was made in 1857 in Ireland, all Belleek items need not always be Irish. There are pieces made by companies such as Lenox, Knowles, Willlets and other American companies that are also called Belleek and have a similar creamy yellow glaze that can confuse.
In 1929, a court order made it compulsory that the word Belleek with a capital ‘B’ can only used by the Irish company. Other companies have to use the lowercase ‘b’ and hence their products are always marked and advertised by a small ‘b’. With this ruling in effect, now you can easily identify the authentic “Belleek” which is from Ireland. It isn’t that the other products are not good but, they might be equally good but they are not carved in Ireland. Belleek may have subsidiaries in other country than Ireland too.
Belleek china is authentic and was made in Ireland. Other European countries, and the United States also produced Belleek China whose glaze was creamy yellow and the finish appeared wet.