|3 of the 9 sizes of 'Beaded New Shape Jar', bone china, pattern 1166 c1808|
|Spode's first London showroom was in Fore Street|
|The London showroom, Portugal Street|
Look at the Portugal Street image and note the barrels in which ware was packed in straw for transport from the Stoke factory to London and then on all over the world to Spode's customers.
To the right a workman carries a large foot bath through the door. A wagon is parked below a hoist and workmen on the left struggle with a willow crate where pottery is again packed in straw. Cratemaking was a specialist trade. You can see some images of crates here>.
|Wedgwood & Byerley warehouse, London c1809|
Back in Stoke, in 1806, the Spode manufactory was visited by HRH the Prince of Wales, (later to become Prince Regent and, later still, HM King George IV). On this exciting occasion Spode II was appointed 'Potter & English Porcelain Manufacturer to His Royal Highness'.
|Universal Magazine report of Royal visit to the factory 1806|
|Later Spode II became Potter to the King|
|Cups suspended on 'lathy strings' (somewhere) in 2013|
The ode goes on to describe the Spode wares further:
'Numerous Tea Sets spread the bench below;
The centre table forms still richer glow,
While spangling orders all the ground bestrew;
With mathematic marks each piece is grac'd'
The 'mathematic marks' refer to the pattern numbers applied to the wares. This unique number identified the pattern and enabled orders to be repeated successfully. Sometimes the Spode name accompanied it, other times just the number was applied; often there would be a workman's mark or cipher too.
|'Mathematic mark', now referred to as a pattern number, 889 c1806|
|Pattern number 2169 and workman's mark c1815|
|Coffee cup, bone china, pattern 2169 c1815|
|The showroom at the Spode factory 1902|
|Monumental urn, cover & stand. Spot it at the back of the showroom on the high shelf.|
|Wealthy customers from all over the world came to visit the showroom in Stoke|
|Detail of Dickens on a Spode commemorative plate 1970|
|Naran pattern in a Chinese-influenced setting in the Earthenware Brochure 1938|
|Blue printed ware fitting the revival for traditional pine furniture perfectly in the 1990s|