As we’ll talk about below, however, the marks on different pieces can offer a lot of assistance in dating specific pieces. Initially, according to Apartment Therapy, Wedgwood’s designs grew in popularity because of his innovative approaches to manufacturing and customizing pieces.
He called on advanced orders via catalogs and traveling salesman so his supply always matched demand, but also offered the option to customize different pieces ñ e.g. Not only did this appeal to the middle class, but royalty eventually took notice of his excellent craftsmanship and designs and also became a fan.
Unfortunately it's necessary to note that a monkey wrench can be thrown into this entire process because there were occasions when the first letter and second letter were switched so that the month letter was the second one.
The only way to be absolutely positive that the month is correct is by having either the first or second letter be a letter that was not used during the corresponding year.
Serving plates, pitchers, coffee pots, gravy boats, and the like ñ especially newer, modern pieces ñ can often be less than 0.
The Wedgwood company is a British pottery firm, originally founded by Josiah Wedgwood c1795, and possibly the most famous name ever associated with pottery.
These marks can also assist in dating a piece because designs can be dated as well.
The three letter impressed mark that accompanies the Wedgwood mark tells the story of where and when the piece was made. From 1860 to 1907 the first letter indicated the month of production. From 1907 to 1924 the month letter was replaced with the number 3 to indicate the year cycle the piece was made in. The second letter indicates the potter who made the piece. From this point on the company just used the numerical date.Another mark that can be found on the reverse of some pieces of Wedgwood majolica is a four number serial number.Prefaced by either a K or an M, this mark references the Wedgwood pattern books which indicate the exact shape of that particular piece.January, February, April, September, October, November and December are always show by their first letter. The word ENGLAND was added to the piece between 18.This was replaced with MADE IN ENGLAND after 1910, the year that general majolica manufacture ceased at Wedgwood.