Dating coalport china marks
By 1842, Spode was one of the factories operating in the England making “bone china,” along with Coalport, Wedgwood, Worchester, and a number of others.
A Series of partnerships between Josiah Spode II, Josiah Spode III and William Taylor Copeland resulted.
In fact, by Chad Lage (Collector Books; now out of print), shows 31 different examples of Spode and/or Copeland marks dating from the mid-1700s through modern production.
“By the early 1830s, Copeland acquired the Spode operations in London, and took over the Stoke plants in subsequent years.
Until he died in 1868, Copeland managed the business and then it passed to his heirs.
The factory was modernized in 1923, which included the addition of electricity.
In 1976, Spode merged with Worcester Royal Porcelain to become Royal Worcester Spode, Ltd.