GUEST: This one was actually a family teapot, and they used it every Sunday.
And we just saw this one in a market, and we just said, "Oh," you know, "that, that's similar to that.
Is one a copy or is one not?"
Uh... What's the better piece?
APPRAISER: Well, that's the great question.
APPRAISER: They're obviously very, very similar.
This was probably made five years after this was made.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: This one is marked "Made in Japan."
APPRAISER: Earthenware, you used it for tea.
The moisture leaches through the bottom and stains brown.
APPRAISER: That's how you know it's earthenware.
Uh, '30s mark.
APPRAISER: Typical Japanese piece from between the wars.
APPRAISER: This is the English piece, the precedent, this is probably from the '20s.
APPRAISER: And the Japanese were really good at copying things.
APPRAISER: And they could make this for a fraction of what this maker charged, so they can go back to the English market or any market with the same piece and offer it for half-price.
Interesting about this piece, though, is, this is genuine Staffordshire, hand-painted, England.
But they were copying, too.
You have an English copy of an English piece, and a Japanese copy of an English copy of an English piece.
You answered a, like, a family mystery, for us.