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Registration Numbers & Marks
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Introduction

Marks

Examples

References


 

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Introduction

The McKinley Tariff Act required imports into the United States to list the country of origin on their products beginning in 1891. This provided well-known marks such as "Bavaria," "England," "Nippon," and "Co. Fermangh Ireland." In 1921 the Act was amended to require the phrase "Made in" preceding the country of origin, and Japan was required to replace "Nippon" (the Japanese name for Japan) with "Made in Japan." (Interestingly, Irish Belleek retained the "Co. Fermangh Ireland" labeling without adding the "Made in" phrase and switched to Gaelic in 1926.) The labeling at individual British potteries varies somewhat from the 1891/1921 dating requirements described above (e.g., Wedgwood adopted the "Made in England" around 1908/10 and may have used it on some pieces as early as 1898), and only pieces exported to the United States required these marks. Also, newer items are sometimes imprinted with the earlier (i.e., 1891) style labeling, so this "system" provides only a rough dating guide.

 

 

British Pottery & Porcelain
Registration Numbers

Year

Rd. No.

 

Year

Rd. No.

 

1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889
1890
1891
1892
1893
1894
1895
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909

          1
  19754
  40480
  64520
  90483
116648
141273
163767
185713
205240
224720
246975
268392
291241
311658
331707
351202
368154
385088
402913
425017
447548
471486
493487
518415
534963

 

1910
1911
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935

552000
574817
594195
612431
630190
644935
653521
658988
662872
666128
673750
680147
687144
694999
702671
710165
718057
726330
734370
742725
751160
760580
769670
779292
789018
799097

 

Recommend reference: Geoffrey A. Godden (1999), New Handbook of British Pottery & Porcelain Marks. (Published by Barrie & Jenkins, London) Buy this book or buy the more comprehensive volume by the same author.

 

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