Dating Wedgwood - help with date marks

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Many people find it confusing to understand exactly what the letters mean on the rear of an old piece of Wedgwood - I hope you find this guide useful in helping you to realise just how old the piece is, you can even pin-point it to a certain Month!

 

Please Note: If the ware has '& CO' in the mark or stamp then it does not belong to Josiah Wedgwood but to Wedgwood & Co.

 

The letter Occured in sets of 3 (From 1860) . 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. 

 

From 1906, the sequence was continued, but the number '3' replaces the first letter, and from 1924, a '4' replaces the '3'. After 1930, the month is numbered in sequence, and the last two numbers correspond to the year of manufacure. i.e 2B33 would be February 1933, and B is the workmans mark.

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