Dating aynsley china marks

Table: KM1.i Registration Marks 1842 to 1883 For the purposes of dating antiques, the bundle code does not matter.The marks were often stamped irregularly into ceramics or metalware and printed on top of the glaze.You might be wondering why I’m obsessed with looking at the underside of pieces of china.Well, this is where the ‘back stamp’ is most often placed. It can either be a mark identifying the maker of the china or a signature of the maker.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.

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.

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

Some potteries were quite creative in their labelling, for example, Minton used a variety of symbols such as stars and swans to represent different years.

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

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

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