Dating english registration marks
The name of the pottery manufacturer and an approximate date of manufacture can be discovered if the piece of pottery has a backstamp or the silver item has a hallmark.
A makers mark that they have learned over many years spent researching and studying antique marks.
Most marks have either not taken properly or have worn over time and are difficult to read.
What few people are aware of is that it’s not just the name of the company such as moorcroft, rookwood, worcester or doulton that may be there, but also a number of other things used by the manufacturer, designer or artists and placed in or around the mark itself. The company name itself only gives the appraiser a rough timeline of when the company was known to operate.
Other factors such as the colour of the mark, how it’s applied or the numbered codes within the design can often date a piece to the exact year it was produced and tell you where or who the specific artist was.
The right hand image demonstrates a design registration mark for 22nd October 1875 (B for October and S for 1875).
Table: KM1.i Registration Marks 1842 to 1883 For the purposes of dating antiques, the bundle code does not matter.