Useful wares were produced with his cousin, Thomas Wedgwood and bear the WEDGWOOD ma In 1860 the Wedgwood factory started marking its wares with the date of manufacture impressed in each piece as part of a three letter code.The first letter of the code represents the month of manufacture, the second identified the potter who threw the shape and the last letter signifying the year the piece was made starting with . From 1907 on in the third series the first letter for the month is replaced by a 3 and with the fourth series commencing with A in 1924 with the figure 4.Supper sets, leg baths, rouge pots, asparagus servers and teawares, all indicate customers of taste and wealth.The ordinary person would not be using this type of ware in the late 1700s and early 1800in continuous production from about 1816 and is still made under the Spode brand name by Portmeirion Group today (2013).Glazes and bodies change and the feel is quite different.
Spode pieces of this period, and those of comparable manufacturers, were skilfully potted with a beautiful silky glaze and have fine engravings on elegant shapes.
Commencing in 1929 the year mark is replaced by the last two digits of the year, 30 standing for 1930. In 1871 Wedgwood adopted pattern numbers with the code letter prefixes.
Some assistance in resolving the ambiguity in the two series is provided by the month letter. After 1891 the word ENGLAND is added to the WEDGWOOD mark continuing until 1908 when the words MADE IN ENGLAND replace it in all cases.
There is an area of confusion in wares in the first two series.
For example TOT could mean a piece produced in either June 1865 or June of 1891.