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See the comments below to learn how to read these more easily.

with particular backstamps and are a little complicated.

But this year all attention is on the Mary Rose as a new museum is about to open.

Thirty years after she was raised from the Solent, the £35million heritage project has built a major new museum to complete the conservation, reuniting the hull of the Tudor warship sunk in 1545 with many of its 19,000 artefacts recovered from the seabed.

Showcased in six themed galleries, this promises to be a memorable experience.

For the first time, visitors will see the ship with its preserving sprays switched off and will witness the final phase of the hull's conservation through windows into a 'hotbox' as up to 100 tons of water is removed from the ship's timbers.

The undecorated pieces were already made and marked Spode prior to the name change in 1833.

They can look insignificant and be difficult to read but once you know what to look for then you can date a piece quite accurately.

These take the form of a letter over two numbers, for example J over 33, which would give you a date of January 1933.

Remember other numbers and letters appear on pieces which are not datemarks so you have to be certain they appear as one letter above two numbers.

This is the name used until the closure of the factory in 2009.

( A great help to dating wares from the late 1800s to 1963 is that there are often impressed marks on pieces which give you the month and the year.

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