Dating spode pottery

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Rather than use names the Worcester factory relied on pattern numbers which were hand written in script, rather than stamped.Records of Worcester tableware marks were only published for the more expensive hand painted patterns which appeared randomly throughout the numbering sequence.Note: There was no ‘F’, ‘J’, or ‘Q’ used and the ‘O’ comes after the ‘Z’ in 1889.In 1891 the mark changed, No date code was used but ‘Royal Worcester England’ appeared around the circle 1867 – 67 or A 1868 – 68 or B 1869 – 69 or C 1870 – 70 or D 1871 – 71 or E 1872 – 72 or G 1873 – 73 or H 1874 – 74 or I 1875 – 75 or K 1876 – 76 or L 1877 – 77 or M 1878 – N 1879 – P 1880 – R 1881 – S 1882 – T 1883 – U 1884 – V 1885 – W 1886 – X 1887 – Y 1888 – Z 1889 – O 1890 – a1892 – 1 dot on left of crown.You can get a copy by clicking on the link below or alternatavely your local library will probably have a copy in their reference section.Registered numbers are a consecutive numbering system which started in 1884 of designs which were registered by companies.From c1942 the vast majority of factory stamps were printed in black with the following codes below the mark.

The name of the pottery manufacturer and an approximation of date of manufacture can be discovered if the piece of pottery has a backstamp.

After 1956 the letter W was nearly always substituted with a letter R in a circle, i.e. From 1966 no date coding system was used, but on tableware the year the pattern was introduced is stated next to the pattern name.

In 1974 the current format of factory stamp was adopted.

The presence of the crescent mark dates these items to the Dr Wall period and they are all very similar in shape, size and decoration to those made in the same period by Caughley.

See our early worcester for sale section for examples of sparrow beak jugs, Bute cups and Dr Wall period pieces.

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