Dating royal copenhagen backstamps

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The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme.

Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.

In 1974 the current format of factory stamp was adopted.

The date included is the year of introduction of the design, not the date of manufacture.

In January 1989 new factory stamps were phased in with N in place of the M and soon afterward black numbers were introduced.

These numbers were replaced with grey ones in August 1989 to reduce their visual impact.

In 1890 the capital letter changed to a small letter and started again but the sequence was only to last for one year.

Note: There was no ‘F’, ‘J’, or ‘Q’ used and the ‘O’ comes after the ‘Z’ in 1889.

1893 – 1 dot each side of crown 1894 – 2 dots left 1 right 1895 – 2 dots left 2 right 1896 – 3 dots left 2 right 1897 – 3 dots left 3 right 1898 – 4 dots left 3 right 1899 – 4 dots left 4 right 1900 – 5 dots left 4 right 1901 – 5 dots left 5 right 1902 – 6 dots left 5 right 1903 – 6 dots left 6 right1904 – plus 1 dot under circle 1905 – plus 2 dots under circle 1906 – plus 3 dots under circle 1907 – plus 4 dots under circle 1908 – plus 5 dots under circle 1909 – plus 6 dots under circle 1910 – plus 7 dots under circle 1911 – plus 8 dots under circle 1912 – plus 9 dots under circle 1913 – plus 10 dots under circle 1914 – plus 11 dots under circle 1915 – plus 12 dots under circle This dating system continued until 1915 when 24 dots are arranged around the standard printed mark.

Records 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 type, 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.

In the late 1700s Worcester were among the first to use the Bute shape for teabowls, tea cups and coffee cups.

The presence of the crescent mark dates these 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.

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