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Registry of Designs ( Kite Marks )





Illustrated below are the two forms of "Registry of Design" or Kite Mark used between the years of

1842 to 1883


A product produced between 1842 and 1867 would bear the following marks. (Example for the 12th of November 1852).




Month letters for both periods are as follows

January--- C
February--- G
March--- W
April--- H
May--- E
June--- M
July--- I
August--- R
September--- D
October--- B
November--- K
December--- A


Letter and Year
X---1842
H---1843
C---1844
A---1845
I---1846
F---1847
U---1848
S---1849
V---1850
P---1851
D---1852
Y---1853
J---1854
E---1855
L---1856
K---1857
B---1858
M---1859
Z---1860
R---1861
O---1862
G---1863
N---1864
W---1865
Q---1866
T---1867

An item produced between
1868 and 1883 would bear the following marks. (Example for the 22nd of October 1875).




X---1868
H---1869
O---1870
A---1871
I---1872
F---1873
U---1874
S---1875
N---1876
V---1877
D---1878
Y---1879
J---1880
E---1881
L---1882
K---1883

On 1st January 1884, the whole system changed, and all registered designs after that date had a sequential number, usually prefixed with the letters 'Rd. No.'

The Roman numeral at the top of the diamond indicated the 'class' or type of material used - for example III was for glass ware and IV was for clay ware.

The word Bundle refers to how may items were included in the package or bundle.


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Dating Pottery Registration Numbers after 1883



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