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For the T.G. Green Cornishware Collector

Dating

This page should help you date a piece reasonably quickly using the backstamp and the colour. Check both tables. If in doubt about the backstamp refer to the full photo gallery on the backstamps page.

Colours & Backstamps by time period cross-reference

By Colourway 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000-2004 2005 2006 2007
Blue & White     [1]             Cornish Blue [8]
Yellow & White       Green Shld Green Shld     1997-99   Cornish Colours [8]
Green & White   [2]           Teal/CR       [8]
Gold & White         Green Shld JO Target     [3]      
White/White     Wartime       1985 1999        
Black & White           [4]   1997-99   Cornish Colours [8]
Plum & White                 [5]      
Lime & White               1997-99        
Red & White         [6]              
Orange & White           [7]            
Navy & White           Habitat   M&S <93        
Baby Pink & White                   Cornish Colours [8]
Baby Blue & White                   Cornish Colours [8]
Backstamp 1920's 1930's 1940's 1950's 1960's 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000-2004 2005 2006 2007 2009+
Early Church Mainly 30's                        
Green Shield                          
Black Shield   Mainly 1930's thru 1950's                    
Judith Onions         From 1968 to mid 1970's              
Modern Church           mid 1970's+              
Cloverleaf             late 1980's+   till Dec 2001        
Club Blue Shield               from 1997 till 2002        
Mason Cash/Cornish Blue                 till June 2004        
TTC/Cornish Blue                       till July 2007  
TTC/Cornish Colours                       till July 2007  
www Black Shield [8]                         not UK
Key Notes: [1] During World War 2 due to rationing of dyes etc some cornish ware was produced in plain white
  [2] Very rare - <10 known pieces in Green & White from this period. Early Church backstamps.
  [3] Gold & White made a brief return on some pudding bowls in 2004
  [4] Quite rare - c. 1970 - although not commercially available in the UK certain pieces seem to crop up in a particular region of the USA. Be wary of 'too glossy' pieces on ebay (black paint is easy to apply!) especially if not the correct 'Target without JO' backstamp
  [5] Plum & White was an unusually brief colour made c. 2004 on Xmas pudding bowls and not commercially available - one to look out for.
  [6] Very rare trial colour c. early 60's - not commercially available. Known pieces are mainly named shakers and the odd plain storage jar/jug. All should have shield backstamps in green in theory.
  [7] Very rare - c. 1970 - not commercially available - should have 'Target without JO' backstamp
  [8] Last UK TG Green production was during Summer 2007. From 2009 Cornishware has been made in China.