Want a piece of history? It is amazing that these antique teapots go for such little money. The craftsmanship of Wedgwood pottery is evident and you can see the mastery that went into the detail and figure application – and being about 150 years old they seem like a good value if you can interpret the pottery marks on it and evaluate the damage such as cracks, chips and repair. For example, a cobalt blue jasperware from 1889 should be a great value (these types go for about $150-$300 depending on condition) for someone wanting to collect antique pottery of the late 19th century vintage. I love drinking my tea and wondering about all the other people through the history have enjoyed a cup of tea out of the same pot (although some might think that is strange!)
Tips on identifying old Wedgwood pottery: if it was made after about 1891 it should have “england” or “made in england” stamped on the bottom of it so if it is missing that, you know it is 1890 or older.
For dating Wedgwood pottery that has a three letter code stamped on the bottom: the last letter determines the year of manufacture with “O” indicating 1860 and each letter further up the alphabet increases the date by one year, so “P” would be 1861, “Q” 1862 and so on…
Oh yeah, don’t forget that there is no “E” in Wedgwood. A common mistake is for people to type Wedgewood instead. You might try searching for both variations to catch some real finds by people selling stuff they don’t know the value of. Good luck and happy searching!