Arklow Back Stamps

One of the most popular questions relating to Arklow Pottery is about dating ware. We can get some clues from the backstamps used, but dates were not included on the stamps so it can be tricky to pinpoint the exact year of production.

Below, Antiques Specialist Chantal Fortune has outlined some indicators that may help you date your Arklow Pottery pieces.

• From when Arklow Pottery opened in 1934 and up until 1949, the back stamps generally show ‘Eire’, ‘Ireland’ or ‘Made in Ireland’ on some, yet not all pieces.
• After 1949, Ireland became a Republic and products from many industries, including Arklow Pottery, stated very clearly and proudly ’Made in the Republic of Ireland’. This remained all throughout the 1950’s, 1960’s and into the 1970’s.
• During the 1960’s it became popular to add the pattern name to some of the back stamps.
• In the early 1970’s Ireland joined the EC European Communities and while this did not have a clear influence on the back stamps it did open doors to the Japanese, and by the late 1970’s Noritake was in management.
• Some 1970’s back stamps were newly designed with stylised new lowercase ‘a’ logo.
• 1980’s and 1990’s there were some back stamps that sadly no longer said made in Ireland.

BackstampDecade
0D7B027B-2B85-4D3E-B3F7-2455A82F9D6A1930s - 40s
2A8FC958-AF5A-4ADC-92C8-43FDA9091C181930s - 40s
8080CDF2-C0AF-480F-91F1-5990608FD00C1930s - 40s
IMG_00011930s - 40s
IMG_00031930s - 40s
IMG_00061930s - 40s
IMG_00071930s - 40s
IMG_00081930s - 40s
IMG_00091930s - 40s
IMG_00131950s
IMG_06651930s - 40s
IMG_16931930s - 40s
IMG_17111930s - 40s
IMG_17201950s
IMG_17361930s - 40s
IMG_17391930s - 40s
IMG_17431950s
IMG_17541930s - 40s
IMG_17551930s - 40s
IMG_34771930s - 40s
IMG_36421930s - 40s
IMG_41041930s - 40s
IMG_56731930s - 40s
IMG_91711930s - 40s
IMG_92591930s - 40s
IMG_93751930s - 40s
IMG_94171930s - 40s
IMG_94231930s - 40s
IMG_94241930s - 40s
IMG_94251950s
IMG_94291930s - 40s
IMG_94301930s - 40s
IMG_94331930s - 40s
IMG_94351930s - 40s
IMG_99931930s - 40s
IMG_99961930s - 40s
0D7B027B-2B85-4D3E-B3F7-2455A82F9D6A1930s - 40s
2A8FC958-AF5A-4ADC-92C8-43FDA9091C181930s - 40s
FE4B2C66-CEE4-44F1-B6AA-D0F8996322601950s
IMG_00121950s
IMG_07251950s
IMG_17041950s
IMG_17201950s
IMG_17331950s
IMG_17411950s
IMG_93731960s
IMG_94091960s
IMG_94101960s
IMG_94111950s
IMG_94121950s
IMG_94131950s
IMG_94141950s
IMG_94151950s
IMG_94201950s
IMG_94231930s - 40s
IMG_94251950s
IMG_94321930s - 40s
IMG_00121950s
IMG_07251960s
IMG_17131950s
IMG_17221950s
IMG_17331950s
IMG_17351960s
IMG_17411950s
IMG_17561950s
IMG_33731960s
IMG_33771960s
IMG_33781950s
IMG_33801960s
IMG_38531960s
IMG_93731960s
IMG_93771960s
IMG_94091960s
IMG_94101960s
IMG_94111960s
IMG_94121960s
IMG_94151950s
IMG_94411950s
IMG_94421960s
IMG_99781960s
IMG_99831960s
716EC964-52DA-4331-B030-5DC123DF30F01970s
IMG_00021970s
IMG_00101970s
IMG_17151970s
IMG_17161970s
IMG_17231970s
IMG_33781970s
IMG_93731970s
IMG_93771950s
IMG_94121960s
IMG_94371960s
IMG_94381960s
IMG_99781950s
IMG_99801970s
IMG_99801960s
IMG_99841970s
IMG_99851970s
IMG_99891970s
IMG_99891960s
IMG_99901970s
IMG_16941970's
IMG_16961950's
IMG_16971960s
IMG_16971970s
IMG_16981980s - 90s
IMG_16991980s - 90s
IMG_17031980s - 90s
IMG_17051960s
IMG_17051970s
IMG_17091960s
IMG_17091970s
IMG_17121980s - 90s
IMG_17211960s
IMG_17251980s - 90s
IMG_17301980s - 90s
IMG_17381970s
IMG_17451980s - 90s
IMG_17521980s - 90s
IMG_17571960s
IMG_17601980s - 90s
IMG_17621980s - 90s
IMG_9416 Avoca Brown Backstamp1960s
IMG_94361960s
IMG_94391980s - 90s
IMG_94401960s
IMG_99811980s - 90s
IMG_99821980s - 90s
IMG_99871970s
IMG_99921980s - 90s
IMG_99941960s
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