# Dating and valuing antique china

In the late 1700s Worcester were among the first to use the Bute shape for teabowls, tea cups and coffee cups.The presence of the crescent mark dates these items to the Dr Wall period and they are all very similar in shape, size and decoration to those made in the same period by Caughley.It being easier and cheaper to put an extra dot on existing copper plates than make new ones.This continued until the dots became un-manageable and then Worcester marks changed to different shapes, all printed beneath the circle.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.Scratches, chips, cracks, faded colors and worn-off silver, gold or platinum borders can lower the value of your dishware.Dishware considered by collectors to be in mint condition (free of any flaws), as with most collectibles, will be worth more money.

As of 1995, the most sought-after pattern for collectors was the Autumn Leaf collection, manufactured by Hall China Company of Liverpool, Ohio from 1933 to 1976, and it was sold exclusively by door-to-door salesmen.

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.

In 1890 the capital letter changed to a small letter and started again but the sequence was only to last for one year.

Note: There was no ‘F’, ‘J’, or ‘Q’ used and the ‘O’ comes after the ‘Z’ in 1889.

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