British ceramic registration marks

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English ceramic marksBritish ceramic registry marks are usually found imprinted or raised on the ceramic body. This example shows both the raised mark and the printed diamond mark.

English ceramics produced during the Aesthetic Period are marked by a system denoting the approximate date a pattern or decoration was registered. This ‘registry mark’ is the equivalent of the American patent numbering system.

Diamond-shaped marks were used until 1883 and are coded with numbers and letters indicating the type of material (all ceramics are classified number VI), parcel number of the piece and, most helpful, the day, month and year of registry. This mark was also used on wood, metal and glasswares.

Two slightly different diamond patterns were used during the 1860-1900 Aesthetic Period. After 1884, the diamond mark was discontinued, and instead, just a registration number was printed on pieces.

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English ceramic marks

  • Registration Code
    for Month of the Year
    C or O-January
    G-February
    W-March
    H-April
    E-MayM-June
    I-July
    R-August
    D-September
    B-October
    K-November
    A-December
  • Registration marks
    (1850-1883)

    1850-V
    1851-P
    1852-D
    1853-Y
    1854-J
    1855-E
    1856-L
    1857-K
    1858-B
    1859-M
    1860-Z
    1861-R
    1862-O
    1863-G
    1864-N
    1865-W
    1866-Q
    1867-T
    1868-X
    1869-H
    1870-C
    1871-A
    1872-I
    1873-F
    1874-U
    1875-S
    1876-V
    1877-P
    1878-D
    1879-Y
    1880-J
    1881-E
    1882-L
    1883-K

  Registry Numbers (1884-1900)
Jan. 1884-1
1885-2000
1886-40800
1887-64700
1888-91800
1889-117800
1890-142300
1891-164000
1892-186400
1893-206100
1894-225000
1895-248200
1896-268800
1897-291400
Jan. 1898-
311677
1899-332200
1900-351600

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