Dating copeland spode china
A finely painted and very rare Dutch shape jug c.1812 painted with a portrait of Richard Randall, a celebrated tenor of the day, who, then aged 76, was the last surviving chorister who had sung for Handel.
Not all early pieces of Spode were marked, so they may be found with simply a hand painted pattern number under the glaze.As noted above, the company went through a number of changes in ownership and developed many partnerships over its long life, not to mention varied factories producing pieces in different locations.The result is many, many different Spode marks being used.Plate from a service made for the East India Company c.1825, with their coat of arms.The Spode Museum has many armorial items including pieces made for George IV, Goldsmiths Company, Charles Dickens, Edward VII and the Titanic.In about 1880, the English made those ceramics lighter in weight, more translucent, and stronger by adding ground bone ash from farm animals to the wet clay, according to by Frank Farmer Loomis IV.
By 1842, Spode was one of the factories operating in England making what is known as “bone china,” along with Coalport, Wedgwood, Worchester, and a number of other companies.
These are often written in red, and shouldn’t be confused with datemarks which were impressed in pieces from the late 1800s through 1963.
Newer pieces, including the popular Christmas patterns, are marked with more elaborate Spode manufacturers marks that include pattern names, which make them much easier to identify.
The factory was modernized in 1923, which included the addition of electric power.
In 1976, Spode merged with Worcester Royal Porcelain to become Royal Worcester Spode, Ltd.
Some of the earliest pieces, the finest bone china pieces and the early blue transfer printed wares were housed in two showrooms, forming a shop window for the Spode Company.