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The only way to gain an appreciation of the character of Old Wedgwood is to examine it, with the eye and with the finger tips.
It is impossible to convey that quality in either words or photographs.
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Commencing in 1929 the year mark is replaced by the last two digits of the year, 30 standing for 1930. In 1871 Wedgwood adopted pattern numbers with the code letter prefixes.
Some assistance in resolving the ambiguity in the two series is provided by the month letter. After 1891 the word ENGLAND is added to the WEDGWOOD mark continuing until 1908 when the words MADE IN ENGLAND replace it in all cases.
In fact Christmas thimbles dated 1990 still use WEDGWOOD ENGLAND] Before the advent of the dating system in 1860 one must look to other clues to date pieces described as marked WEDGWOOD only. Solid Black Jasper was produced between 1778 and about 1826; the white body dipped in black between 17 with production resumed in 1844 and continuing to the moderm era.
These are images of Elkington production exhibited at Crystal Palace obtained from "The Art Journal illustrated catalogue. London, George Virtue, 1851" Adie & Lovekin Angell Family Asprey & Co Atkin Brothers Barker Brothers E. the WEDGWOOD mark is found on useful wares between 17 and on all wares produced thereafter until the sans serif version of the mark was introduced in 1929It was in 1769 that he formed two partnerships, Wedgwood and Bentley produced decorative ware with his good friend, Thomas Bentley.Their production is marked with one or the other of the several versions of the Wedgwood and Bentley mark.There is an area of confusion in wares in the first two series.For example TOT could mean a piece produced in either June 1865 or June of 1891.
Useful wares were produced with his cousin, Thomas Wedgwood and bear the WEDGWOOD ma In 1860 the Wedgwood factory started marking its wares with the date of manufacture impressed in each piece as part of a three letter code.