Royal Worcester factory marks
You are using an outdated browser. Upgrade your browser today or install Google Chrome Frame to better experience this site. Royal Worcester Marks were first placed on pottery and porcelain in but it was before it became common place. In the late s Worcester were among the first to use the Bute shape for teabowls, tea cups and coffee cups. The presence of the crescent mark dates dating royal worcester items to the Dr Wall period and they are all very similar in shape, size and decoration to those made in the same period by Caughley.
See our early worcester for sale section for examples of sparrow beak jugs, Bute cups and Dr Wall period pieces. The Royal Worcester standard printed factory mark includes the number 51 in the centre which refers to the year when the Worcester Porcelain Company was founded by Dr. Early standard marks show the crown slightly above or perched on the circle and from the crown sits down onto the circle. The mark can appear in any colour. In with the restructuring of the Royal Worcester company and the introduction of a new factory mark came the first of the new Worcester date coding sequences.
From until the last two numbers of the year would be used. These could be printed or impressed under the circle but like all impressed marks these could be difficult to see when they fill dating royal worcester eorcester. From until the code would either be the printed dating royal worcester dating websites coventry numbers of the year or a capital letter under the circle wrcester the date.
From the year number was dropped in favour of the letter system which carried on the same sequence. In the capital letter changed to a small letter and started again but the sequence was only to last for one year. This dating system continued until when 24 dots are arranged around the standard printed mark. The dots system was getting a sorcester clumbersome so they were replaced by a single asterisk in which was then followed by a new dot sequence.
All under the circle. This continued until the dots became un-manageable and then Worcester marks changed to different shapes, all printed beneath rojal circle. From c the vast majority of factory stamps were printed in black with the following codes below the mark. In the various asterisk, square, diamond and circle shapes changed to letters and then quickly back to letters and dot sequences. These continued until but their use was rather inconsistent and a great many pieces produced at this time are un-dated.
After no Worcester dating system is used but patterns are all named and bear the date that they were first introduced. After the letter W was nearly always substituted with a letter R in a circle, i. From no date coding system was usedbut on tableware the year the pattern was introduced is stated next to the pattern name. In the current format of factory datihg was adopted. The date included dating royal worcester the year of introduction of the design, not the date of manufacture.
In January new factory stamps were phased in with N in place of the M and soon afterward black numbers were introduced. At some point during the s it became standard practice for the Royal Worcester factory to name all their tableware and dating royal worcester services. The Evesham and Royal Garden patterns being just two examples. Prior to this date named sets were uncommon, although there were some the majority of early named patterns were given the name in more recent times.
Rather than use names the Worcester factory relied on pattern numbers which were hand written in script, rather than stamped. Daitng of Worcester tableware marks were only published for the more expensive hand painted patterns which appeared randomly throughout the numbering sequence. These records detail tableware worceeter, the decoration, and the painter, but the simpler apprentice sets and transfer printed sets appear to have no clear record of what each set looks like.
Home Latest Updates Careers. Your guide to antique pottery marks, porcelain marks and china marks. Earlier Worcester Marks are rarely seen, and typically the crescent mark dates pieces to the Dr Wall period before But pieces bearing the crescent mark are rare and usually the provence of specialist collectors. Printed In Grey — — — — — — — Printed In White — — — — In all factory stamps reverted to the R form under the mark.