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In the Collector's Guide by Caroline & Nick Pope you will find a list of the known painters with number-signature and their working period at Royal Copenhagen.Also the data of the designing artist will be an important indication of possible age.Painted marks are often in red and marks can also appear printed usually in blue or black, (although other colours were used) or impressed into the clay so appearing colourless.

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In 1868 Philip Schou took over the factory and moved the production to Frederiksberg.There are few recorded dates for the introduction and use of them.Robert Copeland carried out the most reliable and detailed research of backstamps used by the company and his 'marks book' is a necessary requirement for the serious collector!An easy to use chronological list of Wedgwood marks to help the Wedgwood collector, who is faced with many imitators, to date genuine Wedgwood antiques.Fortunately for the collector, Josiah Wedgwood was the first potter of note to mark his goods with his own name.Take a trip around the Royal Doulton Pottery in Burslem and see artistry in action.During more than a century and a half Royal Doulton have gained a unique reputation for ceramic work of art.Unlike the easily copied potters marks used by other manufacturers, for example the crossed swords mark used by Meissen; the Sevres double L mark, or the Chelsea anchor mark.Early Wedgwood works may be unmarked, but the presence of the correct mark is an indication that the piece is genuine and should allow you to determine its true age.Using the Spode archive and published books you can learn about different backstamps (marks) on Spode pieces.This though can only be a guide to a date - it is not an exact science and some backstamps were used for many, many years.

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