Pottery Companies & Trade Marks

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North Staffordshire Pottery Companies & Trade Marks

A guide to Stoke-on-Trent (North Staffordshire) ceramic companies their history, trade and initial marks (the markings used on the bottom of some ceramics)

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NOTE: all the information is given in good faith and believed to be correct -
however if you are going to use it for the basis of valuations, purchases
or sales then you must verify it from independent, qualified sources.

As well as letters many companies had a crest or symbol they used as a trade mark which was embossed, printed or painted on the bottom of the ware.

North Staffordshire Pottery Marks


>> also marks indexed by categories <<

Many potteries used letters and initials to identify their ware - this is an alphabetic listing of the initials used and the companies they correspond to.
Initial Marks used by British Potters


A simple guide to understanding the basics of the marks and dates on the underside of pottery.

General guide to Ceramic Marks & Dating

 explanation of the use of the Royal Coat of Arms

Unknown potters & marks

Fakes & Forgeries

Registered numbers are a consecutive numbering system which  gives the date when that design was registered to prevent copying

Registration marks and letters.

Staffordshire Potters from 1700:
Stoke-on-Trent .... the centre 
of the pottery industry world-wide. 
This is a full listing of every known 
Staffordshire pottery company.

Over 1500 potters


Questions and comments to: Steve Birks

updated: Nov 2005