Copeland Spode pottery has used over 300 different identifying marks, datemarks and backstamps since the company was established in 1770. These marks changed each time the company changed ownership. There are four distinct periods of ownership, including early Spode from 1770 to 1833, Copeland & Garrett from 1833 to 1847, W.T. Copeland & Sons from 1847 to 1976 and Spode from 1976 to 2014.
Datemarks on Copeland Spode pottery often indicate the month and year of manufacture using the first letter of the month above the two-digit year. For example, the letter F above the number 47 indicates that the piece was manufactured in February 1847. From 1963 to 1976, datemarks were indicated as a different letter for each year and differed depending on whether the piece was earthenware, fine stone or bone china. In 1976, the letters indicating year were the same for all pieces. Pattern number datemarks began with 0001 during the early Spode period.
Marks on Copeland Spode pottery are painted, impressed or transfer printed onto each piece. A workman’s mark is found on most pieces manufactured at the Spode factory from 1780 to 1833. All Spode pottery manufactured after 1890 is labeled with the word "England."