Dating royal crown derby
The crown and interlinked D’s are now within a circle of ROYAL CROWN DERBY – ENGLISH BONE CHINA. This mark including popular Imari pattern number 1128 and with Roman Numeral year cypher for 1982.Derby porcelain also included a date cypher with most base marks produced at the Osmaston Road factory.In 1775, George III granted Derby Porcelain the right to incorporate the crown into the Derby backstamp. William Duesbury fully acquired the famous Chelsea Works factory in 1770 and the Chelsea anchor mark and Derby ‘D’ were merged to form the Chelsea-Derby mark.A group of former employees set up a factory in King Street in Derby, and continued to use the moulds, patterns and trademarks of the original business, but not the name.Derby figures with the incised mark ‘‘ are particularly sought after and date to between c1765 and c1785.
Among the items preserved was the original potters wheel used by the Duesburys.Derby marks are many but most follow the same theme, with a cypher surmounted by a crown.