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It being easier and cheaper to put an extra dot on existing copper plates than make new ones.

Royal Worcester Marks were first placed on pottery and porcelain in 1862 but it was 1867 before it became common place.

But pieces bearing the crescent mark are rare and usually the provence of specialist collectors.

In 1868 Philip Schou took over the factory and moved the production to Frederiksberg.

In 1882 he bought the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory and the two companies merged to one.

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.

These records detail tableware type, the decoration, and the painter, but the simpler apprentice sets and transfer printed sets appear to have no clear record of what each set looks like.

In the Collector's Guide by Caroline & Nick Pope you will find a list of the known painters with number-signature and their working period at Royal Copenhagen.

In 1949 the various asterisk, square, diamond and circle shapes changed to letters and then quickly back to letters and dot sequences.

These continued until 1963 but their use was rather inconsistent and a great many pieces produced at this time are un-dated.

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