Lenox marks dating
(Reposted from Lenox-China.net)It is believed that the first china markings were done by Meissen Royal Manufactory in the eighteenth century.The king of Saxony, Augustus Rex (also known as Augustus the Strong), commissioned the first production of hard-paste porcelain in Europe.In 1906, the stamp was changed to a green wreath surrounding the letter “L,” with the name Lenox below it. This stamp remained the standard backstamp until 1953, when the wreath’s color was changed to gold.(Nevertheless, even if the company name is missing, it is still authentic if it has the wreath logo.) In 1930, the phrase “Made in U. Another way of identifying Lenox china is by the date code.If the word “Royal” appears, the piece was made after 1850.
Shortly thereafter, the company began using the famous crossed swords mark, which is still in use today.
Lenox has made it fairly easy to identify the age of its china.
The first pieces were stamped with “Ceramic Art Company” or “Lenox Belleek,” depending on the style.
The fourth mark was introduced in 1946 with the only difference between it and the preceding mark was that the colour changed to green. Perhaps it was simply to have a different colour of mark.
However one explanation given was that a green mark was less noticeable looking at it from the inside of a Belleek piece!