Antique Bone China Answers To Royal Worcester Backstamp Question

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Antique Bone China Answers To Royal Worcester Backstamp Question  - a selection of Royal Worcester Marks

Antique Bone China Answers To Royal Worcester Backstamp Question - a selection of Royal Worcester Marks

Antique Bone China Answers To Royal Worcester Backstamp Question:-

We have a Royal Worcester antique bone china set of cups and saucers that we are unable to date or find the name of the pattern.

Just wondered if you could help. The cups are coffee cup in size, with the marking

Royal Worcester (R)

Fine Bone China England.

There are no dots.

The pattern is gold rimmed, flowers but not in colour, monochrome only, quite plain in shape.



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Reply by Peter (admin)

To: Antique Bone China Answers To Royal Worcester Backstamp Question

Hi Stewart

Thanks for gettting in touch.

From the info you supplied, my guess is your Royal Worcester coffee service dates from the 1956 to 1972 production era, as in these years there were marks with 'R' which may not have had dots added for the years. 1956-1958 were mainly associated with 'R' mark with dots.

Here's some info which will help everyone with their Royal Worcester backstamp dating:

Puce marks date from 1900 to 1941

1941 to present: black backstamps

Green marks used for:
Boer War Soldiers
First World War Soldiers

Blue marks used for:
limited series only

Red marks:
Very few.

Royal Worcester - Basic Marking System

Four linked W's crest surmounted by a crown:

Begun 1862

1891 - the words 'ROYAL WORCESTER ENGLAND' appear ringed around the crest.

Every following year until 1903 a dot is added near the crown

To the left side - even years

To the right - odd years.

1904 dots are also put under the crest:

as follows:

One for each year until 1915

1916 A star is used to replace all the dots accumulated to that date.

a single dot added for each year through to 1927.

Puce Marks

1928 Small square
1929 Diamond
1930 Three horizontal lines
1931 OO (two circles)
1932 OOO (three circles)
1933-1938 Three circles and one dot
1939 Then a dot for each year

Black Marks 1938 To Date

B-1 Black One

1938 Three circles and 6 dots
1939 Three circles and 7 dots
1940 Three circles and 8 dots
Blue wavy line sometimes added for 1938, 1939 and 1940

B-2 Black Two

1941 Three circles and 9 dots
1942 Three circles and 10 dots
1943 The black mark with no date code
1944 Bone china in large letters
1945 to 1947 The black mark with no date code
1948 Bone china in small letters

B-3 Black Three

1949 Black mark with V

B-4 Black Four

1950 Black mark with W
1951 to 1954 Black mark with W and one
1955 dot added for each year

B-5 Black Five

1956 R and 6 dots
1957 R and 7 dots
1958 R and 8 dots

1956 to 1972 Black mark which may or may not have dots added for years

1988 Black mark with M inside a diamond (M replaces R)

1989 Black mark with N inside a diamond (N replaces M)

1900 to date:

Black mark with R inside a circle (Reverting back to the R inside a circle but with lithographer's numbers added to indicate the year).

At-a-glance Worcester Marking System
1862 - 1915

Hope that helps!

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by: Geoff

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for taking the trouble to post such useful information on this site. I appreciate the time you always take to help the visitors.


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hi, i have got a gold coloured royal worcester coffee set but the mark on the bottom of all items has a circle with just one looped W inside. at the top is "royal worcester" underneath is "porcelian" with "made in england" underneath that and finally "s/s" underneath that, all marks are in green. I have not seen any marks like that on other item so is this a fake. many thanks

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Hi I have a soapdish/trinket box! Not sure which it is! It is white with a gold rim around the base and lid with the palace of westminster symbol on the lid. It also has an R in a circle underneath the crest of Four linked W's surmounted by a crown. I can't quite see if it is 51 in the centre of the crest or another small symbol! I was wondering if you had any idea of the year and if it is worth anything?

Also have couple of pieces of green wedgwood with the palace of westminster symbol.




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Even Replacements Ltd could not identify it. Help?

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by: Anonymous

By the description of the pattern, it appears to be Royal Worcester RW162, although I could be wrong because there is no print. RW162 displays a black floral spray on a white background with a gold rim. You can look at the pattern on the website to verify my belief. If that is not the pattern, you can search through* all of the Royal Worcester patterns or narrow down your search by using keywords from the pattern in the search box. I found this pattern while I was searching for the name of my own pattern, and I remembered reading the question here.
Hope this is helpful :).

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Could you please help me with my plates? It is a set of 6 approx. 9.25" cake plates and a cake stand. The plates are white with a robin blue rim and guilt ornament around the blue edge. There are flowers in the middle (each plate has different flowers). No traditional Royal Worcester marking but one plate has Worcester embossed on the back (you can feel it with your fingers). Each plate has tiny hand painted 7476 and five dots (three on top, two on the bottom) in dark red or bright red. I checked everything online about Worcester china and could not find anything about embossed marking.

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