*The Royal Worcester name is widely known and respected. Wonderful pieces often appear in our auctions and these stunning vases are no exception. Hand painted with Highland Cattle by John Stinton, these **sold for an incredible sum of £1500** in a recent auction.*

**The History of Royal Worcester**

**Royal Worcester** is one of the oldest English porcelain manufacturers still in production today. Originally founded as Worcester Porcelain Company by Dr John Wall in 1751, there are often disputes between **Royal Worcester** and **Royal Crown Derby** as to which company was the first to be established, but there is no dispute about how strong a brand the Royal Worcester name is.

Creating luxury gifts, tableware and figures, Royal Worcester was given a royal warrant in 1788, due to its notable success and quality. Royal Worcester is also known for its many well-known painters and artists. These prestigious creators all made their mark on the brand, adding to its unique style and now its collectability.

Today the Royal Worcester brand sits under the Portmeirion Pottery Group umbrella, along with Spode, Portmeirion and Pimpernel.

*Royal Worcester is quite often synonymous with delicate figurines, making collectable items that are beautiful additions to any home. These **limited edition lady figures,**Joy & Lady Charlotte, were a lovely lot in a recent auction.*

### How do you date Royal Worcester porcelain?

Royal Worcester porcelain markings are well documented, and most pieces were carefully dated with clear systems to help identify value and age. However, as with many porcelain manufactures, changes in ownership, changes in the location of factories and differences in artistic design mean there is a vast range of markings and backstamps to look out for.

The standard factory mark for Royal Worcester porcelain has the number 51 in the centre. This is to signify the year the company was found. Markings without the use of ‘Royal’ will signify a very early piece.

### Royal Worcester Markings from 1867 to 1915

From 1867, a new lettering system was introduced to help identify the year of manufacture. This helps you to date your Royal Worcester porcelain. Here are the letters and markings you should look out for:

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 – a

1892 – 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 right

1904 – 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

### Royal Worcester Markings from 1915 to 1948

The system for dating continued from 1915, however the main design of the backstamp was mostly unchanged. You can see an example below. The addition of letters, dots and asterisks are the main identifiers you should look out for, which will be found below the circle.

**1916** – * under circle**1917** – * plus 1 dot**1918** – * plus 2 dots**1919** – * plus 3 dots**1920** – * plus 4 dots**1921** – * plus 5 dots**1922** – * plus 6 dots**1923** – * plus 7 dots**1924** – * plus 8 dots**1925** – * plus 9 dots**1926** – * plus 10 dots**1927** – * plus 11 dots**1928** – open square**1929** – open diamond**1930** – division sign

**1931** – 2 linked circles**1932** – 3 linked circles**1933** – 3 circles 1 dot**1934** – 3 circles 2 dots**1935** – 3 circles 3 dots**1936** – 3 circles 4 dots**1937** – 3 circles 5 dots**1938** – 3 circles 6 dots**1939** – 3 circles 7 dots**1940** – 3 circles 8 dots**1941** – 3 circles 9 dots

**1942** – 3 circles 10 dots**1943** – 3 circles 11 dots**1944** – 3 circles 12 dots**1945** – 3 circles 13 dots**1946** – 3 circles 14 dots**1947** – 3 circles 15 dots**1948** – 3 circles 16 dots

After a time, the dots and circles became cumbersome and further changes were made.

### Royal Worcester Markings from 1949 to 1963

From this time onwards, most backstamps were printed in black with the following identifying marks:

**1949** – V**1950** – W**1951** – W plus 1 dot**1952** – W plus 2 dots**1953** – W plus 3 dots

**1954** – W plus 4 dots**1955** – W plus 5 dots**1956** – W plus 6 dots**1957** – W plus 7 dots**1958** – W plus 8 dots

**1959** – W plus 9 dots**1960** – W plus 10 dots**1961** – W plus 11 dots**1962** – W plus 12 dots**1963** – W plus 13 dots

Whilst these markings are clear sometimes their use was inconsistent, it is possible to find Royal Worcester pieces with missing date marks, that’s why it’s so important to seek professional valuations.

### Royal Worcester Markings from 1964-Today

From 1963, date markings were not used, however new patterns were all named when they were created. From 1990, the following backstamp was added to all designs.

**Photo Credit:** Antique Marks

Do you recognise any of these markings on your pieces? If you need further support, Potteries Auctions can step in to help identify your pieces and value them. Could you raise a small fortune at auction? However, do beware of fake Royal Worcester marks, as unfortunately these are quite common, yet can look very realistic.

### How Much are my Royal Worcester Ceramics Worth?

At Potteries Auctions, we can identify and provide valuations on a wide range of Royal Worcester collections and individual pieces. Our team can help value your tableware or advise on how to complete collections. Our team can even help you sell family heirlooms of Royal Worcester pieces.

*The love of Royal Worcester porcelain is well documented and this lot, sold at a recent auction, highlights why. **This Royal Worcester boxed set of gilded coffee cans** and saucers hand painted with fruit by various artists including E Townsend, W Bee, J Stanley, H Ayrton, displayed in a silk lined box with six silver teaspoons sold for a whopping £720!*

Please **get in touch with us** to discuss how we can help you or **request a call back** if you are looking for an expert evaluation and are seeking to sell your Royal Worcester porcelain. Alternatively, you can join us at one of our valuation days every Tuesday. Email us for an appointment on **enquiries@potteriesauctions.com** or call us on **+44 (0)1782 638100** Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.