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.
So as you can see, this is a relatively useful little system that can tell you quite a bit more about your Wedgwood piece than you imagined.
When it comes to identifying a piece of Wedgwood majolica I should also say something about the way Wedgwood majolica is glazed on the underside.
(A list of the Wedgwood pattern shapes can be found in the appendix of Victoria Bergensen's wonderful book Majolica: British, Continental and American Wares, 1851-1915.) Let's say the imprinted year date code is a P. There is no ENGLAND impressed on the piece so we can discount 1913 as a possible year of production.
In 1765, according to Antique Marks, Queen Charlotte was so pleased with the pieces that Wedgwood had crafted for her, that she gave him permission to call them ìQueens Wareî ñ and the queen’s support really boosted Wedgwood’s reputation and sent sales booming. Yes and no ñ it depends on what you’re looking for.
Wedgwood on the whole is not difficult to find, but specific pieces ñ especially pieces with rare maker’s marks or those that were produced in limited quantities ñ are tougher to find.
If the word WEDGWOOD is not visible the three letter date coding system should be visible. In 1871 Wedgwood adopted pattern numbers with the code letter prefixes. Wedgwood began the date code system in 1860 with the letter O. The second cycle begins in 1872 with A and progresses through Z with 1897 and the third cycle begins with 1898 and concludes with the letter F for 1929.
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.