process speed dating - Dating aynsley marks

In the 1960s, the Orchard Gold design was introduced, to overcome the cost of the handpainting process.It was at this time that the name "Orchard Gold" was given, to avoid confusion with the earlier handpainted pieces.

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Josiah Wedgwood was the first significant potter to mark his china with his own name.

From 1860, Wedgwood introduced an impressed mark to the back of the china with the year of manufacture as part of a 3 character code.

A number was printed (not handwritten) below the backstamp, starting from 1 in 1925, and continuing until the late 1950s. To determine the year, add the printed number to 1924 - eg 1924 1 = 1925; 1924 23 = 1947; 1924 30 = 1954.

In the 1960s the backstamp colour was changed to blue, although there are some pieces which have marks in pink, or black, or in the same colour as the china. ORCHARD GOLD AND FRUIT PATTERNS There is sometimes confusion about the age of the well-known fruit design.

One day maybe we’ll be able to identify the majority of the china we buy without looking!

Do you have any tips for identifying your vintage china purchases?

The format of the code changed over the years but there are some good guides available that explain what the codes mean.

Many Spode and Royal Doulton pieces also contain a mark indicating the month and year of manufacture.

I do this mainly when out shopping, but I have been known to sneak a quick peek on the underside of a teacup when drinking tea at a cafe, hoping that no-one spots me and wonders what on earth I’m doing!

You might be wondering why I’m obsessed with looking at the underside of pieces of china.

The early printed marks from this time to around the 1880s looked like these: Then from the 1880s and 1890s you might find marks like these: In the early 1900s (until around 1920), these were used: Then these during the 1920s to the late 1930s (later ones to the right): The marks illustrated above were generally in black or green.

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