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Their production is marked with one or the other of the several versions of the Wedgwood and Bentley mark.
Useful wares were produced with his cousin, Thomas Wedgwood and bear the WEDGWOOD ma 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.
It is impossible to convey that quality in either words or photographs.
The resulting mark was often uneven and sometime arced.
Please Note: If the ware has '& CO' in the mark or stamp then it does not belong to Josiah Wedgwood but to Wedgwood & Co. It is the last letter we look at for the year of Manufacture: O - 1860 P - 1861 Q -1862 R - 1863 S - 1864 T - 1865 U - 1866 V - 1867 W -1868 X - 1869 Y - 1870 Z - 1871 A -1872 B - 1873 C - 1874 D -1875 E -1876 F - 1877 G - 1878 H -1879 I - 1880 J - 1881 K - 1882 L - 1883 M - 1884 N - 1885 From 1886 -1897 The date letters 'O' to 'Z' are repeated and from 1891 the words 'ENGLAND' should appear on the piece.
From 1898 To 1906 the letters used from 1872 to 1880 re-occur (A - I) But England should appear on the piece.
1912 Powder blue decoration introduced 1953 Royal blue Jasper introduced to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the II.
Three letter impressed mark (dating code) introduced for earthenwares 1875-85 Turquoise jasper introduced 1891 'England' mark introduced 1895 Incorporation of firm as Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd.
From 1886 to 1897 the first 12 characters were re-used. Again from 1898 the letters A to I are re-used but are easy to differentiate as they also have ENGLAND within the Wedgwood marks.
A-1898 B-1899 C-1900 D-1901 E-1902 F-1903 G-1904 H-1905 I-1906 Wedgwood Antique Pottery and Porcelain for Sale …
Fortunately for the collector, Josiah Wedgwood was the first potter of note to mark his goods with his own name.
Unlike the easily copied potters marks used by other manufacturers, for example the crossed swords mark used by Meissen; the Sevres double L mark, or the Chelsea anchor mark.