Marks such as this suggest the piece was made between 17.Note that Josiah Wedgwood formed a partnership with his cousin, Thomas Bentley, in 1769. Overall, the piece was marked with the words “WEDGWOOD & BENTLEY” that formed a full circle.Wedgwood devoted four years of painstaking trials at duplicating the vase - not in glass but in black and white jasperware.Jean-Baptiste Stahl developed his own style and techniques during his work at Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach, Saar, Germany. Contemporary facsimiles of jasperware cameo plaques were made by John Voyez, mainly in black basaltes, marked indistinctly WADGWOJD which at first glance can be mistaken for Wedgwood. Transfer printed creamware with Sadler and Green from c1764.
For this event, two huge wall plates were created with dimensions of 220 cm x 60 cm, each.
In 1844 production resumed using items coloured only on the surface and known as "dip." Solid jasper was not manufactured again until 1860.
Jasperware is particularly associated with the neoclassical sculptor and designer John Flaxman Jr who began to supply Wedgwood with designs from 1775.
Many people find it confusing to understand exactly what the letters mean on the rear of an old piece of Wedgwood - I hope you find this guide useful in helping you to realise just how old the piece is, you can even pin-point it to a certain Month!
Please Note: If the ware has '& CO' in the mark or stamp then it does not belong to Josiah Wedgwood but to Wedgwood & Co. It is the last letter we look at for the year of Manufacture: O - 1860 P - 1861 Q -1862 R - 1863 S - 1864 T - 1865 U - 1866 V - 1867 W -1868 X - 1869 Y - 1870 Z - 1871 A -1872 B - 1873 C - 1874 D -1875 E -1876 F - 1877 G - 1878 H -1879 I - 1880 J - 1881 K - 1882 L - 1883 M - 1884 N - 1885 From 1886 -1897 The date letters 'O' to 'Z' are repeated and from 1891 the words 'ENGLAND' should appear on the piece.