In 1778 Josiah Spode II went to London. At the age of 23, this eldest son of the founder of the Spode company, Josiah Spode I, was already an accomplished master potter trained by his father and by now heavily involved in the family businesses.
Putting flesh on the bones of this fascinating part of the Spode story is difficult. As far as we know there is no Spode family correspondence but this is where the Old Baily Online project comes to our aid. In February 1790 a record with reference to theft from Mr Spode is recorded. At the suspect's house, amongst other things an oval black teapot is discovered.
|Spode Black basalt coffee pot, c1800|
|'Fine blue painted goods' c1790|