Dating spode porcelain
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.
Information about Spode and Copeland history can be found in the large Spode archive which is deposited at the Stoke on Trent City Archives.
Here it is carefully looked after and is accessible to the public.
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.Josiah Spode apprenticed as a potter in the mid-1700s, and by 1754 he went to work for William Banks in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.He went on to start his own pottery business making cream-colored earthenware and whiteware with blue prints.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.
Copeland and Garrett period Pattern Numbers 6057, 60, c.1834 shown in the Pattern Book on a Covered Jar, Plate and Tile.