|My copy of the book |
with Robert's thoughtful dedication
|Robert Copeland |
at the NCS Summer School, 2009
The Spode company, under whatever ownership, for some reason used many different backstamps - ie the marks on the bottom or back of the pottery. Over 300 are recorded and there are probably still more to be discovered as no formal record was ever kept. It is thanks to Robert's research that we know the approximate dates for the oldest of these marks.
There is a catalogue of the marks for quick reference followed by a detailed look at each mark. The book includes essays on various important aspects of and patterns produced by the company as well as a full explanation of the pattern numbers recorded in the famous Spode Pattern Books.
Importantly Peter Roden's new research on the early history of Spode is added in the second edition.
Robert died in 2010 and is greatly missed.