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As a self-confessed china geek, one of the first things I do when I pick up a teacup is turn it over to look underneath.
It was only in 1973 that they put a date on the back stamp but confusingly it shows 1962 to indicate when the pattern was first introduced not the year of manufacture!
We’ve been collecting china for a while and are getting to a stage where we can now sometimes identify the make and approximate age of a piece before checking out the back stamp.
The hand-painted items (like the one illustrated above) were made to compete with Royal Worcester and other manufacturers, and were mainly painted by Doris Jones and Nancy Brunt, who worked at the Aynsley factory from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Most of their pieces are handfinished over a transfer design.
Yes, you love it, but how confusing is it to find out how old your favourite Aynsley china item is?
THE MARKS Aynsley have changed their marks many times over their 200-plus year history. In the late 1800s (from about 1860) the name AYNSLEY was impressed in the base of some pieces.
For some potteries, this mark identifies not only the maker, brand and/or pattern name but also the year and sometimes the month of manufacture.Josiah Wedgwood was the first significant potter to mark his china with his own name.