Many Spode and Royal Doulton pieces also contain a mark indicating the month and year of manufacture.
Some potteries were quite creative in their labelling, for example, Minton used a variety of symbols such as stars and swans to represent different years.
Started in 1775 by John Aynsley in Longton England , (died in 1829) who soon developed a reputation as a master potter and a well-known decorator of creamwares and other pottery.
THE MARKS Aynsley have changed their marks many times over their 200-plus year history. In the late 1800s (from about 1860) the name AYNSLEY was impressed in the base of some pieces.
The early printed marks from this time to around the 1880s looked like these: Then from the 1880s and 1890s you might find marks like these: In the early 1900s (until around 1920), these were used: Then these during the 1920s to the late 1930s (later ones to the right): The marks illustrated above were generally in black or green.
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Using this process resulted in the "Portland Works", a new factory, opening a short time later in Stroke-on-Trent in 1861.