|Plate, 'Christmas Tree' pattern 1986|
|Fig 1 Backstamp 1920-1957|
The backstamp in Fig 1 shows that it was not applied to the pot very well. The pattern and the backstamp were printed from a hand engraved copper plate via thin tissue paper. The pattern was then hand coloured. When this particular backstamp was applied a crease was accidentally made in the tissue from which it was printed and so the word COPELAND was distorted. This backstamp can be used in conjunction with any impressed datemarks to find an even more accurate date.
A similar backstamp with a date letter in the top left hand corner was used until 1963 - these are often hard to decipher. To be honest I don't bother with them.
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).
|Fig 2 Backstamp 1986|
- the Spode company name
- the country of manufacture
- the pattern name
- a red workman's mark
- the pattern number S3324
- the K following the pattern number is the datemark for 1986.
|Fig 3 Candlestick 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.
|Fig 4 Hand Candlestick 1820|