Learning about styles and shapes can also help date pieces, particularly on the older pieces from the early 1800s when many were not marked.
30-day return policy on all purchases, satisfaction assured in 425,000 patterns! Sadly it could not do this 70 years on when the Spode company was in difficulties and closed in 2009. Sydney Thompson, sole agent for Spode in the US (Copeland & Thompson Inc, 206 Fifth Avenue, New York), spent a couple of months in Stoke-on-Trent each year at the Spode factory to develop new patterns for his market.This was during the 1930s and the Art Director of Spode was Thomas Hassall.Painted marks are often in red and marks can also appear printed usually in blue or black, (although other colours were used) or impressed into the clay so appearing colourless.It is possible to have a combination of all three. Above is the image of a backstamp with the Spode name, the pattern number 967 and another small red cypher, which is a workman's mark. 1833 to 1847: the company was known as Copeland and Garrett.