# Royal dating patterns

*08-Feb-2020 05:42*

From 1862 until 1867 the last two numbers of the year would be used.These could be printed or impressed under the circle but like all impressed marks these could be difficult to see when they fill with glaze.These numbers were replaced with grey ones in August 1989 to reduce their visual impact.At some point during the 1960s it became standard practice for the Royal Worcester factory to name all their tableware and dinner services.Rather than use names the Worcester factory relied on pattern numbers which were hand written in script, rather than stamped.Records of Worcester tableware marks were only published for the more expensive hand painted patterns which appeared randomly throughout the numbering sequence.From 1867 until 1877 the code would either be the printed last two numbers of the year or a capital letter under the circle reprrsenting the date.From 1877 the year number was dropped in favour of the letter system which carried on the same sequence.

From c1942 the vast majority of factory stamps were printed in black with the following codes below the mark.After 1956 the letter W was nearly always substituted with a letter R in a circle, i.e. From 1966 no date coding system was used, but on tableware the year the pattern was introduced is stated next to the pattern name.In 1974 the current format of factory stamp was adopted.In 1891 the mark changed, No date code was used but ‘Royal Worcester England’ appeared around the circle 1867 – 67 or A 1868 – 68 or B 1869 – 69 or C 1870 – 70 or D 1871 – 71 or E 1872 – 72 or G 1873 – 73 or H 1874 – 74 or I 1875 – 75 or K 1876 – 76 or L 1877 – 77 or M 1878 – N 1879 – P 1880 – R 1881 – S 1882 – T 1883 – U 1884 – V 1885 – W 1886 – X 1887 – Y 1888 – Z 1889 – O 1890 – a1892 – 1 dot on left of crown.

1893 – 1 dot each side of crown 1894 – 2 dots left 1 right 1895 – 2 dots left 2 right 1896 – 3 dots left 2 right 1897 – 3 dots left 3 right 1898 – 4 dots left 3 right 1899 – 4 dots left 4 right 1900 – 5 dots left 4 right 1901 – 5 dots left 5 right 1902 – 6 dots left 5 right 1903 – 6 dots left 6 right1904 – plus 1 dot under circle 1905 – plus 2 dots under circle 1906 – plus 3 dots under circle 1907 – plus 4 dots under circle 1908 – plus 5 dots under circle 1909 – plus 6 dots under circle 1910 – plus 7 dots under circle 1911 – plus 8 dots under circle 1912 – plus 9 dots under circle 1913 – plus 10 dots under circle 1914 – plus 11 dots under circle 1915 – plus 12 dots under circle This dating system continued until 1915 when 24 dots are arranged around the standard printed mark.The dots system was getting a little clumbersome so they were replaced by a single asterisk in 1916 which was then followed by a new dot sequence. From 1916 a small star or asterisk appears below the Worcester mark …