Spode Cups and Saucers

Spode Cups and SaucersA selection of Copeland Spode cups and saucers seen during the TCC’s Tour and Annual Meeting in England in 2015. Tea was served in these cups during our visit to the former Spode factory, which was in the early stages of becoming the Spode Museum under the Spode Museum Trust. The Trust was established in 1987 to preserve a collection of more than 20,000 ceramic items, 25,000 engraved copper plates, antique factory tools, machinery, and furniture as well as extensive archives of documents related to Spode and Copeland. This includes records for 70,000 ceramic patterns. The archive of Spode’s history spans 250 years of innovation and creativity, from the company’s 18th-century beginnings, all the way through to 2008.

Most of the cups and saucers seen in the puzzle are in the Spode Italian pattern, first produced in 1816 and in continuous production since by Spode and its successor firms and a number of other potteries. It is # 12253 in the TCC Database for members. The Database currently contains 407 Spode patterns.