Dating copeland late spode

16 Feb

Plate from a service made for the East India Company c.1825, with their coat of arms.The Spode Museum has many armorial items including pieces made for George IV, Goldsmiths Company, Charles Dickens, Edward VII and the Titanic.Start of the Spode business to 1833: the company was known as Spode.Pieces were not always marked and sometimes just a pattern number appears and no Spode name at all.

Robert Copeland carried out the most reliable and detailed research of backstamps used by the company and his 'marks book' is a necessary requirement for the serious collector! You can revisit the first blog on this subject on Dating Your Spode Pieces to find information about dating pieces with examples of Spode backstamps.There are hundreds of recorded backstamps on Spode wares in the history of the company so I will add occasional information about different ones.Learning about styles and shapes can also help date pieces, particularly on the older pieces from the early 1800s when many were not marked.Spode used hundreds of different styles of backstamps in its nearly 250 year history.