Learning about styles and shapes can also help date pieces, particularly on the older pieces from the early 1800s when many were not marked.
Spode used hundreds of different styles of backstamps in its nearly 250 year history.
It is possible to have a combination of all three. Above is the image of a backstamp with the Spode name, the pattern number 967 and another small red cypher, which is a workman's mark. 1833 to 1847: the company was known as Copeland and Garrett.In 1833, the firm was purchased by William Copeland and Thomas Garrett and the mark was changed to . Copeland & Sons continued until a 1976 merger when it became Royal Worcester Spode.In 1847, Copeland became the sole owner and the mark changed again. The company was bought by the Portmeirion Group in 2009.Pieces are listed under the name that appears in the mark. ff3=4&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=copeland-spode&lgeo=1&mpre= From around 1800, most of the patterns painted by Spode's artists were recorded in Pattern books.