Dating marks spode christmas tree china
Josiah Spode earned renown for perfecting under-glaze blue transfer printing in 1783–1784 – a development that led to the launch in 1816 of Spode's Blue Italian range which has remained in production ever since.
Josiah Spode is also often credited with developing a successful formula for fine bone china.
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In the late 18th century Josiah produced what has been described as the single most significant development in the history of his industry the perfection of the formula for fine bone china.
The Prince of Wales visited the factory in 1806 and, impressed by what he saw, asked Spode to produce the banqueting service for his coronation as George IV.
On 6th November 2008 it called in administrators, who said the china maker had been hit by the recession and left cash-strapped because of a failure to sell part of its Church Road factory for development.
The success of the venture meant Josiah was able to buy the Church Street factory from his former employer, William Banks.
Spode is a Stoke-on-Trent based pottery company that was founded by Josiah Spode (1733–1797) in 1770.
The company has held Royal Warrants ever since, and has also received commissions from the East India Company, Charles Dickens and the Shah of Persia.
In 1867 the company's official trade name was changed to WT Copeland and Sons, only reverting back to Spode in 1970.
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