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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.
After 1963 no Worcester dating system is used but patterns are all named and bear the date that they were first introduced.
This continued until 1963 when 13 dots are arranged around the W.
These could be printed or impressed under the circle but like all impressed marks these could be difficult to see when they fill with glaze.
From 1867 until 1877 the code would either be the printed last two numbers of the year or a capital letter under the circle reprrsenting the date.
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.
From c1942 the vast majority of factory stamps were printed in black with the following codes below the mark.In the late 1700s Worcester were among the first to use the Bute shape for teabowls, tea cups and coffee cups.The presence of the crescent mark dates these items to the Dr Wall period and they are all very similar in shape, size and decoration to those made in the same period by Caughley.The dots system was getting a little clumbersome so they were replaced by a single asterisk in 1916 which was then followed by a new dot sequence. From 1916 a small star or asterisk appears below the Worcester mark …However on some pieces the old dot sequence continued for a few years.