In the 1960s the backstamp colour was changed to blue, although there are some pieces which have marks in pink, or black, or in the same colour as the china. ORCHARD GOLD AND FRUIT PATTERNS There is sometimes confusion about the age of the well-known fruit design.The hand-painted items (like the one illustrated above) were made to compete with Royal Worcester and other manufacturers, and were mainly painted by Doris Jones and Nancy Brunt, who worked at the Aynsley factory from the 1930s to the 1960s.
From 1860, Wedgwood introduced an impressed mark to the back of the china with the year of manufacture as part of a 3 character code.
The format of the code changed over the years but there are some good guides available that explain what the codes mean.
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It was at this time that the name "Orchard Gold" was given, to avoid confusion with the earlier handpainted pieces.
Many Aynsley patterns do not have names, but usually have a number which may be handwritten on the base.The company is a favoured supplier of the British royal family.Both Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, chose Aynsley china as wedding presents from the British china industry.The company's profitability made it a desirable acquisition.In June 1970 Spode put in a bid, this was then topped in July by Denbyware.Most of their pieces are handfinished over a transfer design.