|Fig 1 Backstamp 1920-1957|
First introduced in 1938, mainly for the US market, the pattern was in production until the close of the Spode factory in 2009 and is still produced in 2011 under the Spode brand from Portmeirion.
The mark in Fig 1 shows the backstamp which will appear on older pieces of Christmas Tree. This style of backstamp was used from about 1920 to about 1957. It will appear on other patterns too but only on Spode's earthenware. Watch out - there are several versions of this backstamp from different dates! They are listed in Spode and Copeland Marks and Other Relevant Intelligence which can be consulted for full information on Spode backstamps.
|Fig 2 Backstamp 1986|
A similar backstamp with a date letter in the top left hand corner was used until 1963 - these are often hard to decipher.
|Fig 3 Candlestick 1980|
The Spode company name changed from W T Copeland & Sons Ltd in 1970 when it became Spode. (Ownership had been out of the Copeland family since the mid-1960s). The backstamp in Fig 2 has a lot of detail: the Spode company name; the country of manufacture; the pattern number S3324; the pattern name and a red workman's mark. The K following the pattern number is the datemark for 1986.
Fig 3 shows a candlestick of early 19th century design decorated with Spode's Christmas Tree in 1980. Spot what's missing! Yes - the Christmas tree...this is a small piece so no room for the tree. But even with just mistletoe and holly it is still recognisable as the famous Spode pattern. Fig 4 shows the record of the Hand Candlestick available in at least 3 sizes (the 4th is not filled in with detail) from Spode's 1820 Shape Book.
|Hand Candlestick 1820|