Spode Fine Stoneware is an English manufacturer of pottery and porcelain, based in Stoke-on-Trent. The company was founded by Josiah Spode, who earned renown in the ceramic business for perfecting the blue underglaze printing process in 1784 and for co-developing the formula for fine bone china.
He opened a factory in Stoke-on-Trent in 1767 and in 1776 developed the current Spode factory. His business in creamware (a fine cream-colored earthenware) and in pearlware (a fine white-glazed earthenware) was very successful.
Messrs Spode were succeeded in the same business in c. 1833 by Copeland and Garrett, who often used the name Spode in their marks. In particular these are called “Late Spode” and include productions of the so-called “Felspar porcelain”. They also produced other kinds of bone china, earthenware, parian, etc. The partnership continued in this form until 1847.
After 1847 the business continued until 1970 as W. T. Copeland and sons, and again the term “Spode” or “Late Spode” continued in use alongside the name of Copeland. Under the name “Spode Ltd” the same factories and business was continued after 1970.
Here is a lovely W.T. Copeland & Sons Early “Floral Sauce Tureen” unmarked BUT most likely from the Porcelain factory. Beautifully hand painted, measuring 6 inches tall, 7.50 inches long from handle to handle and 6 inches deep with the usual signs of use. Otherwise in good condition.