How to Identify Wedgewood

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How to Identify Wedgewood
Wedgewood is a brand of dinnerware and bone china that began in England in the 1700s. (Dishes image by Towards Ithaca from

Wedgewood is the brand name of English pottery that makes tea sets and figurines along with dinner sets and bone china. Wedgewood was established in 1759 in England. The company was founded by Josiah Wedgewood, and he is known as the "Father of English Potters." There are several identifying marks that have been placed on Wedgewood products since 1759, and while the majority of them say Wedgewood, Wedgewood & Bentley or Josiah Wedgewood and Sons, there are other markings that are used to identify Wedgewood pieces.

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    Search over the vessel for two small squares, side by side, made up of four small squares each. This is an indication of the Wedgewood name during 1818 and 1821. These are antique plates. A large square made up of four smaller squares was used after 1821.

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    Search over jugs for a "T" symbol. This symbol was used on Wedgewood jugs between 1817 and 1820.

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    Search for a marking that says "Pearl P" on the pearl and cream ware of the 1800s. These markings were used from 1840 onward.

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    Look on your soup plates for a "88" insignia. This symbol was used on Wedgewood soup plates from 1821 to 1830.

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    Look on your bone china from 1974 on for an "R" insignia. This is a trademark insignia for Wedgewood.

Tips and warnings

  • The major signs of a Wedgewood piece is a circle with Wedgewood or Wedgewood & Bentley written somewhere in or around the circle.

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