There are many people who can't tell when a piece of pottery was made.
I appraised a mascara jar that was so old it dated back to the lifetime of the ancient Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, circa 50 BC.
For characteristic and highly recognizable pieces of the Dutch pottery called Delft or Delftware in its famous blue/white color scheme, the word "Delft" was marked on pieces only after 1875.
The famous diamond-shaped English registration marks with numbers and letters in the diamond form were used on pottery during the height of the Victorian era, from circa 1842-1883.
What to Look For Here is a list of some of the common phrases, terms, or words that are often marked or found on pottery.
Knowing them can help you pinpoint the date of your piece from the mid 1800s to the end of the 19th Century.
I also provide tips for dating pottery pieces from the 20th Century.
The word "copyright" was used on pottery after 1858.