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In 1987, Wedgwood merged with Waterford Crystal to create Waterford Wedgwood, an Ireland-based luxury brands group.Waterford Wedgwood was purchased by the New York City-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners in 2009, and became part of a group of companies known as WWRD Holdings Ltd., an acronym for "Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton." Haines Mc Gregor were engaged by KPS Capital to help reposition the portfolio of brands, within 2 years profitability was transformed from $100m yearly debt, to break even and eventually led to the successful sale to Fiskars in July 2015 for $437m. At the outset, Josiah Wedgwood worked with the established potter Thomas Whieldon until 1759 when relatives leased him the Ivy House in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, allowing him to start his own pottery business.The launch of the new venture, his own company, was helped by his marriage to Sarah Wedgwood, a remotely-related cousin, who brought a sizable dowry to the marriage.
The Registered Number, usually written as Rd on the piece of pottery, gives the date when that design was registered to prevent copying, but it could have been made at any time later than that date.
Many people find it confusing to understand exactly what the letters mean on the rear of an old piece of Wedgwood - I hope you find this guide useful in helping you to realise just how old the piece is, you can even pin-point it to a certain Month!
Please Note: If the ware has '& CO' in the mark or stamp then it does not belong to Josiah Wedgwood but to Wedgwood & Co. It is the last letter we look at for the year of Manufacture: O - 1860 P - 1861 Q -1862 R - 1863 S - 1864 T - 1865 U - 1866 V - 1867 W -1868 X - 1869 Y - 1870 Z - 1871 A -1872 B - 1873 C - 1874 D -1875 E -1876 F - 1877 G - 1878 H -1879 I - 1880 J - 1881 K - 1882 L - 1883 M - 1884 N - 1885 From 1886 -1897 The date letters 'O' to 'Z' are repeated and from 1891 the words 'ENGLAND' should appear on the piece.
The name of the pottery manufacturer and an approximation of date of manufacture can be discovered if the piece of pottery has a backstamp.
There are way too many to list here as it would take a whole new website to list them all!
The best reference book we have found is the Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Geoffrey A Godden and is probably the only book you will ever need.You can get a copy by clicking on the link below or alternatavely your local library will probably have a copy in their reference section.From 1898 To 1906 the letters used from 1872 to 1880 re-occur (A - I) But England should appear on the piece.From 1906, the sequence was continued, but the number '3' replaces the first letter, and from 1924, a '4' replaces the '3'.After 1930, the month is numbered in sequence, and the last two numbers correspond to the year of manufacure.i.e 2B33 would be February 1933, and B is the workmans mark.