Dating Wedgwood

 

Josiah Wedgwood started marking his production in about 1759, impressing his name into the underside of the pottery with printer’s movable type. The resulting mark was often uneven and sometime arced. In about 1769 he adopted the familiar mark with the name impressed from a single slug. This WEDGWOOD mark is found on wares produced between 1769 to 1781 and it was used until the sans serif version of the mark was introduced in 1929.

 

 After 1891 the word ENGLAND was added to the WEDGWOOD stamp and used until 1908, when it was replaced by the words MADE IN ENGLAND. MADE IN ENGLAND began appearing on some wares as early as 1898 but it was not in consistent use until 1908. Bone china was manufactured between 1812 and 1830 then abandoned until 1878. Majolica was first produced by Wedgwood in 1860 and continued until 1940.

By using the chart below along with the chart provided on this web site’s page outlining the English Registry mark, dating Wedgwood is somewhat easy to accomplish.

 

THE LETTER / NUMBER CODES

In 1860 the Wedgwood factory started marking its wares with the date of manufacture impressed in each piece as part of a three letter code. The first letter of the code represents the month of manufacture, the second identified the potter who threw the shape and the last letter denotes the year the piece was made starting with 0 for 1860. The series was repeated 4 times. From 1929 on, the year mark is replaced by the last two digits of the year, 30 standing for 1930.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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