This information has been culled from a number of sources - it is given in good faith and believed to be reasonably correct - however if you are going to use it for the basis of valuations, purchases or sales then you must verify it from independent, qualified sources. Take every opportunity to do so at shows and aucthe next recourse is to the mark.
Among collectors the term Old Wedgwood is taken to refer to wares produced before Josiah's death in 1795. Josiah started marking his production with his name in about 1759, impressing the name into the underside of the article with printer's movable type.
However, if you know what to look for, you can confidently date Wedgwood.
Wedgwood is a very complex entity, even for a seasoned collector. Usually the marks to the reverse of any Jasper Ware piece will be Wedgwood, Made in England.
I'll be brief here, this is purely to aid buyers on e Bay, and beginning collectors and to give a quick idea on how to tell what era a piece belongs to. If a piece is modern/vintage, ie: 1908-present date.
If these marks are separated, then the piece is more likely to be prior to 1970.
The only way to gain an appreciation of the character of Old Wedgwood is to examine it, with the eye and with the finger tips.
If you would like any more information about Wedgwood, and you think I might be able to help - just drop me a line.You don't have to be interested in any of my items - I'll always help if it means you can make a more informed choice when you go to make your next purchase.Wedgwood is a line of porcelain and pottery produced by Josiah Wedgwood from about 1759 until his death in 1795, and by his heirs thereafter.Although Josiah was the first prominent pottery maker to endorse each piece with a mark bearing his own name, knowing how to date Wedgwood is still quite tricky.
These most often carry Wedgwood England, purely because of the size of the item in comparison to the stamp. The letters accompanying the Wedgwood England for items dating between 1891-1908 are a dating code, which I will enter into shortly.Pre 1891, there was a three letter dating code in place. Those three letters would represent the month, the potter, and the year in that order. This wasn't foolproof for dating purposes as it did overlap, and for certain letters, there are two possible dates. Usually accompanied by other potter markings and a single letter. When I have a wee bit more time, I'll come back and write something more in depth for you if wanted!