|Shards found on the Spode site with a variety of backstampsc1800|
The famous red Spode logo was introduced, in its well-known design, in 1970.
1970 was an important year for the Spode company as it marked the (supposed) bicentenary of the founding of the company by Josiah Spode I. He had been working as a potter in various businesses from the mid-1750s. Something of an entrepreneur he had juggled mortgages and business partnerships for several years but by 1776 was established in Stoke with his own successful pottery company. 1770 was traditionally the date adopted by the company as the 'start date' of the Spode business. Later research has found that this was not strictly true and Spode I had been in business with partners from at least 1767 and was independent in 1776.*
By the end of the 1700s Spode I, and his son Josiah Spode II, had brought the company to the forefront of the British ceramic industry by this time firmly based in North Staffordshire. Perfecting the underglaze blue printed ware, for which the company was famous; and, later, inventing their beautiful pure white, translucent bone china, this father and son team established Spode as a brand which endures.
|Backstamp hand painted in red. Also seen in black and in gold.|
|Printed backstamp 1821|
|Spode Museum Trust logo, 2000|
|Plate made by Spode, late 1700s/early 1800s, featuring what is believed to be the Spode factory|