Pottery dating mark
These are numbers that are in the mold, not handwritten.
Just a glance at the foot shows the numbers on this Mc Coy or Brush pot (left). If you see three numbers at a slant on a yellow clay pot, it may be are routinely marked with numbers, and sometimes the name.
Here's a good example of the American Bisque wedge foot (right).
Companies using a dry foot include most of the Ohio companies and some used stilts for some of their ware lines.
The way the numbers are written, the style of number and even the number of numbers are all significant in determining the maker of a piece of pottery.
Elijah Cotton best known as Lord Nelson were the manufacturers of earthenwares at Hanley, Staffordshire and operated the Nelson & Victoria Potteries using the trade name 'Nelson Ware' from 1885 to 1981. Simply due to alot of time wasted on-line searching marks and dates for pottery I have decided to set up a simple blog with as many pottery marks and dates as I possibly can, putting all potters marks and information in one easy to access web-space.Please follow my post to the right for information about the marks I have reviewed for the blog.Have you ever wondered why some people turn every piece of pottery over and look at the bottom?Maybe you thought they were emptying the contents or dusting the shop!