Dating english registry marks
Click here for a selection of marked George Jones pieces. Here is a G Jones jug which has Robert Cluett, in his book ‘George Jones Ceramics 1861- ‘, page 271, lists this pattern number seen on a small bowl “3368 – Small bowl, bark pattern, with small pink flowers and green leaves. Probably part of tea or dessert service” Pattern name ‘Alocasia Jeningsii’ (Dwarf Elephant Ear) GJ monogram, impressed, a mark used 1861-73 Black script four digit pattern number 3443 ‘in reserve’ and the familiar diamond shape British Registry Office mark, impressed., ‘Also known as the ‘British Registry Lozenge’ or the ‘British Pattern Registration Diamond’ mark, when present and legible, tells us the date the pattern was registered.
The registration procedure was set up in 1842 to combat plagiarism, making it illegal to copy that pattern for a period of three years.
The system was sufficiently successful that its use continued throughout the majolica period and beyond. By observing certain characteristic glazes, by an occasional marked piece to reference, and by publications current and contemporary, notably advertising and exhibition reports.Virtually all Doulton tableware has a black printed Doulton ‘mark’ or ‘backstamp’ applied to the underside of the piece.The mark was varied from time to time and the table below includes the major marks that appear on tableware manufactured at the Doulton (Burslem) factory (Series Ware and the Lambeth Stonewares often have special marks).Simply click on Ask an Appraiser box and you will be directed to an appraiser who can help.
From 1769 to the present day this mark has been impressed in the clay on Queens Ware, or printed in colour.To better date a particular piece collectors will often also refer to this marking.