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Horizontal month-year placement may show a / between month & year digits, i.e., 10/88 for October 1888. October 1890, for example, would be impressed as O [for Oct.] above 90.

A 3-power magnifier with an 8-power inset, not a loupe, is recommended for viewing both the printed mark and impressed marks, particularly to orient and identify the harder-to-read impressed mark.

A stronger-power loupe tends to distort an impressed mark beyond recognition.

This is an instance of greater detail being less instructive.

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Most of the manufacturers listed have gone out of business so their patterns are getting harder and harder to find.

You may have noticed that almost all sellers on Ebay list china items as collectable, vintage, antique, old, very old etc. Here is a little smattering of facts that may help you correctly date the china you have inherited, or kept in the family through the years.



Items. There is a little wear and touch of discolouration around the rim of the pot and the print quality around the border decoration on the stand is a little patchy otherwise really good condition. Blue printed Spode's Camilla Copeland England and impressed date for 1954. Dimensions Base diameter 18 cm, pot diameter.… continue reading »


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Copeland Spode Antique & Collectable Looking for Copeland Spode appears on some pieces of nineteenth-century English porcelain. Josiah Spode established a pottery at Stoke-on-Trent, England, in 1770. In 1833, the firm was purchased by William Copela1.… continue reading »


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Copeland Spode. W. T. Copeland & Sons, from about 1867 into the early 1900s, used an impressed vertical 3-digit date mark with the month letter over the last two digits of the year. October 1890, for example, would be impressed as O for Oct. above 90. Additional Examples. Many reference works include dating keys.… continue reading »


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Felspar teabowl. Here is a lovely Spode tea bowl, dating from the turn of the nineteenth century. The Chinese had no handles to their cups, and the English started off by copying this habit. By the 1800s this would have been a rare piece. By now handles were common and saucers were deep.… continue reading »


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