Dating spode pottery

Thomas Minton, another Caughley-trained engraver, also supplied copper plates to Spode until he opened his own factory in Stoke-on-Trent in 1796.

The colour paste was worked into the cut areas of the copper plate and wiped from the uncut surfaces, and then printed by passing through rollers.

The pattern is identified by a hand painted number in this case 6282.

Today Spode is owned by Portmeirion Group, a pottery and homewares company based in Stoke-on-Trent.He then worked in a number of partnerships until he went into business for himself, renting a small potworks in the town of Stoke-on-Trent in 1767; in 1776 he completed the purchase of what became the Spode factory until 2008.His early products comprised earthenwares such as creamware (a fine cream-coloured earthenware) and pearlware (a fine earthenware with a bluish glaze) as well as a range of stonewares including black basalt, caneware, and jasper which had been popularised by Josiah Wedgwood.Impressed date marks were introduced around 1870 and were in use until 1963, if you learn how to read them it makes it easier to date your Spode pieces, however sometimes they are not clear and difficult to read.Impressed date marks consist of a letter which is the month and two numbers below it which indicate the year.

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