Trademarks

    Nottingham Road Factory

    • Date stamp from 1764 to 1769

      Rebus for Richard Holdship

      c.1761 - 1769

      Found on transfer-printed wares.

    • Date stamp from 1765 to 1785

      Incised Mark

      c.1765 - 1785

       

    • Date stamp from 1769 to 1785

      Chelsea Derby Merger

      c.1775 - 1784

      In use during the Chelsea Derby merger; Usually in blue, occasionally in puce.

    • Date stamp from 1769 to 1785 in Chelsea during crossover

      Chelsea

      c.1770 - 1784

      In use at Chelsea

    • Date stamp from 1769 to 1785 in Chelsea during crossover

      Chelsea

      c.1775 - 1784

      In use at Chelsea

    • Date stamp from 1782 to 1825

      Blue and Puce

      c.1782 - 1825

      After 1820 the previously neatly painted mark became increasingly carelessly drawn.
      Blue and puce were used until 1806, after which red became the standard colour.

    • Date stamp for 1795

      Rare marks

      c.1790 - 1795

       

    • Date stamp from 1820 to 1848

      Robert Bloor

      c.1825 - 1848

      Robert Bloor. Printed Gothic-style marks introduced conunteract the carelessly drawn marks; c.1825 - 1848

    • Date stamp for 1830

      Bloor figures

      c.1830

      Marks used on Bloor figures. (Right) Pseudo-Meissen mark occasionally seen on late Bloor; c.1830

    • Date stamp from 1830 to 1848

      Pseudo Sévres

      c.1830 - 1848

      Mark used on Sévres copies; c.1830 - 1848

    King Street Factory

    Among the fine painters who worked at King Street were Sampson Hancock, who specialised in flowers, shells and birds; Fredrick Chivers, fruit and flowers; W. Hargreave, birds; J.Ratclifee, George Jessop, F. Schofield and A.Machin, naturalistic flowers and other subjects.

    Albert Haddock, one of the finest twentieth-century gilders, and James Rouse senior, who was the only artist to have worked at all three factories, were among the numerous craftsmen who transferred to Osmaston Road after the successful merger with Royal Crown Derby in 1935.

    • Date stamp from 1848 to 1859

      Locker & Co.

      c.1848 - 1859

    • Date stamp from 1859 to 1866

      Stephenson Sharp & Co.

      c.1859 - 1861

       

    • Date stamp from 1865 to 1935

      Stevenson and Hancock / Sampson Hancock

      Blue - later nineteenth century
      Red - c.1861 - 1935
      Puce c.1915 - 1935

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    • Modeller stamp for 1916

      William Larcombe

      c.1915 - 1917

       

    • Modeller stamp for 1917

      Larcombe and Paget

      1917 - 1933

       

    • Modeller stamp for 1934

      Paget

      c.1933 - 1935

       

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    Osmaston Factory

    Over the years, many marks and backstamps have been used to identify Royal Crown Derby china. The marks shown here are from the Osmaston Road factory and cover the period from 1877 to the present day. You can discover more in Margaret Sargeant's book "Royal Crown Derby" - it's listed in the "Products" section under "Other Products".

    • Date Stamp from 1890 - 1940

      Derby Crown period

      c.1877 - 1890

       

    • Date Stamp from 1877 - 1890

      Royal Crown Derby

      c.1891 - 1921

      The word England in a vertical position to the right hand side.

      c.1921 - 1964

      Made in England horizontally beneath stamp

    • Date Stamp from 1940 - 1945

      Wartime mark in dark green

      c.1940 - 1945

      Usually without year code (also used on undecorated utility wares)

    • Date Stamp from 1964 - 1975

      Royal Crown Derby

      c.1964 - 1975

       

    • Date stamp from 1976 - Present

      Royal Crown Derby

      c.1976 - Present

       

    • 2000 Date Stamp

      Royal Crown Derby

      c.2000

      The special date mark for the year 2000

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    Yearly Stamps c.1880 - 1937

    • 1880 mark

      1880

    • 1881 mark

      1881

    • 1882 mark

      1882

    • 1883 mark

      1883

    • 1884 mark

      1884

    • 1885 mark

      1885

    • 1886 mark

      1886

    • 1887 mark

      1887

    • 1888 mark

      1888

    • 1889 mark

      1889

    • 1890 mark

      1890

    • 1891 mark

      1891

    • 1892 mark

      1892

    • 1893 mark

      1893

    • 1894 mark

      1894

    • 1895 mark

      1895

    • 1890 mark

      1896

    • 1897 mark

      1897

    • 1898 mark

      1898

    • 1899 mark

      1899

    • 1900 mark

      1900

    • 1901 mark

      1901

    • 1902 mark

      1902

    • 1903 mark

      1903

    • 1904 mark

      1904

    • 1905 mark

      1905

    • 1906 mark

      1906

    • 1907 mark

      1907

    • 1908 mark

      1908

    • 1909 mark

      1909

    • 1910 mark

      1910

    • 1911 mark

      1911

    • 1912 mark

      1912

    • 1913 mark

      1913

    • 1914 mark

      1914

    • 1915 mark

      1915

    • 1916 mark

      1916

    • 1917 mark

      1917

    • 1918 mark

      1918

    • 1919 mark

      1919

    • 1920 mark

      1920

    • 1921 mark

      1921

    • 1922 mark

      1922

    • 1923 mark

      1923

    • 1924 mark

      1924

    • 1925 mark

      1925

    • 1926 mark

      1926

    • 1927 mark

      1927

    • 1928 mark

      1928

    • 1929 mark

      1929

    • 1930 mark

      1930

    • 1931 mark

      1931

    • 1932 mark

      1932

    • 1933 mark

      1933

    • 1934 mark

      1934

    • 1935 mark

      1935

    • 1936 mark

      1936

    • 1937 mark

      1937

    Royal Crown Derby also carries a date mark to identify the year of manufacture. From 1938, roman numerals have been used - the only exception being the 2000, which had a special mark of two interlaced 'M's. 'X' and 'V' have been used twice as date marks - to avoid confusion, 1901 & 1904 are accompanied by 'England', while the roman numerals used for 1942 & 1947 are accompanied by 'Made in England'

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