Please accept our apology. The Pattern ID section of our website crashed in August, and was finally repaired in early October. The website did not forward your Pattern ID submissions to our specialists, as it was designed to automatically do. We were not ignoring you. We received no notice of your requests. All Pattern ID requests since mid-August effectively disappeared. The problem has been fixed, and we encourage you to continue to submit your pattern identification requests. We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
Haviland identification is difficult as there are over 30,000 patterns and variations. Only about 11,000 have been identified and cataloged in the Schleiger system. Most patterns do not have factory-given names. Some received names from later writers or in common usage. There are four major brands:
1) Haviland & Co. Limoges (H&Co.)
2) Theodore Haviland, both France and New York
3) Charles Field Haviland (CFH)
4) Johann Haviland, the later, inexpensive Bavarian china. We do not identify Johann Haviland.
To have your pattern identified, simply CLICK HERE and send us your digital images or scans. Please type Pattern ID Request into the subject line of your email. It is easiest for us to identify a pattern from photos of a plate, one photo of the front and one photo of the back showing all identifying marks. We are also occasionally able to identify patterns from other pieces, but this is much more difficult. If there happens to be a factory number, often seen in red on the underside of a serving piece or lid, please include it in your message. We do not need a photo of this number. Limit your files to 10mb or less, and make certain that your email spam filter will not prevent our reply from getting through to you. Also, only one pattern per inquiry, please. If you have more than one pattern to identify then please send each pattern in a separate request. Thank you.
You can also send regular photos by snail mail. Ask for the address, or use the Contact Us page on this website. By submitting digital images to this website for identification, the inquirer permits the use of the images for research or educational purposes by HCIF/HCIEF. The images will not be used for commercial purposes.