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.
Using the Spode archive and published books you can learn about different backstamps (marks) on Spode pieces.
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!
Before 1781 very few unmarked pieces can be correctly attributed to Wedgwood.
There are also some interesting pieces around that are marked with USA Patent dates and details.
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.