After the death of Spode II in 1828, ownership of the Spode business eventually passed to William Taylor Copeland, William Copeland’s son, and it remained under the control of five generations of the Copeland family until 1966.
Under the Copelands, the factory vied with Minton in making some of the most spectacular ceramics wares of the age. Gifted artists, such as C. F. Hurten, were imported from continental factories and superb pieces were exhibited at the Great Exhibition of London 1851 and International Exhibitions in London, 1862 and Paris 1878.
The range of wares made during the Copeland period is enormous. Statues, busts, fireplace surrounds, doorknobs, wall and floor tiles, figurines, spittoons, special orders for Indian princes, huge services for regimental officers’ messes, footbaths, tablewares of all types, ornamental vases, plaques, hotel wares, souvenir wares etc. Much was exported to the Empire and also particularly to the United States.