Dating english registration marks

This is probably why the Victorian kite mark was changed to a Registration serial number in 1884.

The examples below demonstrate just how difficult it can be to determine the actual characters in each corner.

The right hand image demonstrates a design registration mark for 22nd October 1875 (B for October and S for 1875).

For the purposes of dating antiques, the bundle code does not matter.

Illustrated below are the two forms of Design Registration Mark or Kite Mark used between the years – 1842 to 1883.

The left hand image demonstrates a design registration mark for 12th November 1852 (K for November and D for 1852).

What few people are aware of is that it’s not just the name of the company such as moorcroft, rookwood, worcester or doulton that may be there, but also a number of other things used by the manufacturer, designer or artists and placed in or around the mark itself. The company name itself only gives the appraiser a rough timeline of when the company was known to operate.

Other factors such as the colour of the mark, how it’s applied or the numbered codes within the design can often date a piece to the exact year it was produced and tell you where or who the specific artist was.

In direct comparison one can easily recognize that the fields P and M as well as D and Y were exchanged in the newer (type 2) version.

The placeholder P (package number) is sometimes also referred to as 'bundle number' or 'manufacturer number', the latter being not quite correct.

With other words: this part of the registration information is irrelevant for collectors or people simply wanting to find out more about their item as it is merely a filing reference.

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