Dating staffordshire pottery
The name of the pottery manufacturer and an approximation of date of manufacture can be discovered if the piece of pottery has a backstamp.
Variations included Fantasque, Crocus, Latona, Gayday, Cafe'-au-lait, and Nuage.If the piece was then decorated in a Clarice Cliff design, a printed Bizarre mark was added on-glaze.These marks were applied in a haphazard manner, so occasionally a Clarice Cliff design lacks her mark, which adds to the intrigue! The Biarritz shape range was instantly registered to stop copyists ~ it clearly worked as none of Clarice's competitors produced oblong and square plates!This was a full mark designed to resemble the Bizarre backstamp: Wilkinson England Honeyglaze Hand Painted.As it referred to the glaze on the body, it was again applied under-glaze.
They were produced on tissue paper which was stuck on the ware, so they could not be smudged, but sometimes, as they were cut from a sheet, an edge is cut through.