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Continue Reading A single letter on top of two digits indicates the month and year of manufacture.

For instance, the letter J over the number 96 means the piece was made in January of 1896.

These marks are divided into four main categories, including early Spode from 1770 to 1833, Copeland & Garrett from 1833 to 1847, WT Copeland from 1847 to 1970 and Spode from 1970 to 2014.

The Great Temple of Diana The Statue of Jupiter Olympus (see image)The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus The Colossus of Rhodes The Pyramids of Egypt The Walls and Hanging Gardens of Babylon The Pharos of Alexandria The pattern was produced with an assortment of borders and on different shapes The plain prints (patterns in one colour) did not have pattern numbers.These dates or date ciphers were added before firing as a potting date record.This was by no means a universal practice, but where it does exist it provides at least the year date the ceramic was actually produced.The practical purpose of dating white ware was to distinguish older stock for earlier decoration.This allowed filling sales orders in rough potting date sequence.