Dating Newcomb Pottery, Photos

As a followup to yesterday’s Newcomb Pottery post, the photos below provide visual examples of various date marks. Dsc9616

BY39 corresponds with a Newcomb pottery production date of 1907.

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ES26 corresponds with a Newcomb pottery date of production of 1912.

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HA80 corresponds with a date of production of 1914.

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IC25 corresponds with a date of production of 1916.

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KY61 corresponds with a date of production of 1920.

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SA67 corresponds with a Newcomb pottery date of production of 1929.

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Below is an example of the rarely seen Newcomb Pottery paper label.  The NL85 date code indicates a 1923 date of production.

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Newcomb College Pottery Marks

Dsc0528_1 Newcomb pottery produced between 1901 to 1942 was marked with its own unique registration mark which provides easy dating of the pottery.  The unique registration system was fully deciphered by Walter Bob after over 2 years of extensive research.  The Newcomb dating system in its entirely can be seen in Newcomb Pottery & Crafts An Educational Enterprise for Women 1895-1940 by Jessie Poesch with Sally Main.

The registration mark on each piece of Newcomb pottery consists of a letter, or letter combination, and number (between 1 and 100).  For each letter designation 100 numbered pieces were produced.  Once you know the production year for the registration marks, it becomes quite easy to date Newcomb pottery.   The registration numbers can be found either stamped, incised, or painted on the bottom of the pottery. 

The following table summarizes the registration numbers by year for Newcomb pottery.

  • 1901 – A through F  (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter)
  • 1902 -G through W (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter)
  • 1903 – X through Z then AA, BB, etc. to NN (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter and letter combination)
  • 1904 – OO through ZZ then AA, AB, etc. through AE (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1905 – AF through AU (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1906 – AV through AZ then BA through BL (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1907 – BM through CC (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1908 – CD through CT (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1909 – CU through DL (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1910 – DM through ED (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1911- EF through EW (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1912 – EX through FP (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1913 – FQ through GI (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1914 -GJ through HA (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1915 – HB through HT (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1916 – HS through IM (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1917 – IN through JF (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1918 – JG through JX (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1919 – JY through KQ (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1920 – KR through LI (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1921 – LJ through MC (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1922 – MD through MW (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1923 – MX through NQ (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1924 – NR through OJ (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1925 – OK through PD (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1926 – PE through PX (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1927 – PY through QP (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1928 – QR through RI (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1929 – RJ through SA (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1930 – SB through SR (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1931 – ST through TK (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1932 – TL through UC (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1933 – UD through UT (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1934 – UV through VM (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1935 – VN through WE (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1936 – WF through WV (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1937 – WX through XP (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1938 – XQ through YG (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1939 – YH through YX (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1940 – YZ through ZQ (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter combination)
  • 1941 – ZR through ZY (1-100 numbered pieces for each letter)

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