Factory Markings – Quality control is a strict process followed by Aynsley in each of the firing stages and decorating.
At the biscuit stage (1st firing) any minor faults or errors can easily be repaired. However, after this stage any further errors marks are made to base of the piece. Today the crown is scored (scratched with a pen drill) In the past the letter S and borderline pieces with a letter A.
The non glazed S is very difficult to see so we have used a pencil rubbing to show the letter S recorded in the glaze base.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that the letter A is for Aynsley. The acceptable mark means a second or between a 1st and 2nd. There is a fault somewhere on the piece and it was picked up before the final glaze firing. The blue letter A is recorded at the same stage as decoration. It is not a decorators mark.
Today Aynsley sells their seconds from their factory shop on Sutherland Road, Longton it is open 7 days a week and they have a lovely tea rooms on the top floor. If you require 1st grade pieces they will direct you to the nearest stockist.