Not all of the items sent for Identification are genuine; for example these copies of German figures with fake ‘SPODE’ marks painted in red on the base.


A gentleman in Yorkshire asked about this Copeland plate handpainted with canaries. It comes from a series showing different types of canaries painted by Copeland artist Charles Weaver, c.1890

A couple from Brisbane in Australia enquired about this lovely Spode sprigged ware custard cup and cover, c.1815


The Spode Museum Trust is very happy to help owners of Spode and Copeland items with identification. A small charge payable to the charity is made to cover research costs. Please note that we do not give valuations.

If you would like us to help with identification of your item, please email us with the following at our contact address

  • Clear photographs of the item, showing both the front and back/underside, with any marks/ pattern numbers clearly visible.
  • A description of any features that might not be clear from the photograph, especially any numbers or letters impressed into the ceramic body - these could give an indication of date of manufacture.
  • A fee of £9.50, payable in advance via Paypal (please click on the button below).

We have been able to identify every Spode and Copeland item for enquirers to date, but if we are unable to identify your item, we will return your research fee minus the cost of Paypal's transaction charge.

Dressing Table

The Trust is pleased to receive identification enquiries from Auctioneers such this from a prestigious Auction House regarding a Spode Conjuring Sprinkling Cup with a figure of a Chinese Immortal in flowing robes in the centre of the cup. This design, shown in the Spode 1820 Shape book, was based upon an early 19th century Chinese original. The cup functions normally when only half full but if filled beyond this the contents are siphoned out through a hole in the bottom. Decorated with Spode pattern number 2682 which was first introduced in c.1818.