Background of Spode
Josiah Spode began the company in 1776. He died suddenly in 1797 and his son Josiah Spode II took over the company. In partnership with William Copeland, Josiah II continued the business for the next thirty years. Under their management the company grew to be the largest pottery in Stoke, England and a pre-eminent manufacturer of Fine ceramics. Josiah Spode II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the factory in 1806.