Code for dating bone china
1847 to 1970: the company was owned outright by the Copeland family and a variation on Copeland or W. Copeland was used; again often in conjunction with the Spode name. In 1970, to celebrate the supposed bicentenary of the founding of the company, the name reverted to Spode with a new logo designed by John Sutherland Hawes.This is the name used until the closure of the factory in 2009.They can look insignificant and be difficult to read but once you know what to look for then you can date a piece quite accurately.(From c1770-1870 datemarks were not used except around the 1860s when a series of impressed marks was used for which the full code is not known).Through our themed searches, shown in the menu, you’ll find specially highlighted records from the Minton company records catalogue, complete with images from the original records.You can also choose to view any related blog posts and In Depth articles for each of these themes.
Marks appear with this name printed or impressed and often include ‘late Spode'.
with particular backstamps and are a little complicated.
There are several series of letters and a different letter is used to indicate the year depending on whether the body is bone china, fine stone or earthenware.
Using the Spode archive and published books you can learn about the many different backstamps (marks) on Spode pieces.
This though can only be a guide to a date - it is not an exact science and some backstamps were used for many, many years.