Identification guide for antique wedgewood plates

Updated April 17, 2017

Holidays and special occasions are when many people display fine or standard Wedgwood plates for utilitarian use or to decorate a table. Antique Wedgwood plates are easily identifiable if you know the marks and what to look for.


Jasperware is the most recognisable of Wedgwood plates, for they are blue, with a bisque type of composition. The plates are often decorated with high-quality, raised white designs in elaborate mythological themes and pieces have the distinct Wedgwood markings underneath.


Queensware is a glazed lighter blue, with an embossed ivy leaf trim or border around all plates, even matching saucers and cups. This is the standard style for Queensware.


Markings for Wedgwood include the company name moulded into the plate or the "Made In England" mark with an urn symbol underneath. There may be date numbers, which clearly signify when the plate was made. Look for the last two numbers. That should indicate the year.

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