Syracuse China Date Codes

Syracuse China/Onondaga Pottery Company was founded in 1871 when a group of investors bought out the W.H. Farrar Pottery Company of Geddes, NY. In 1966, the Onondaga Pottery company officially changed its name to Syracuse China, a name that had long been associated with their institutional and fine china lines.

Since 1971, Syracuse china has been owned by private investors, Canadian Pacific, Ltd. (1978-1989), Pfaltzgraff (1989-1995), and Libbey, Inc (1995 to the present).

1895 through 1919: Incised mark (stamped into the clay)
1895-- May to December 1 through 6
1896-- January to December 9 through 20
1897-- January to December 21 through 32
1898-- January to December 33 through 44
1899-- January to December 45 through 56
1900-- January to December 57 through 68
1901-- January to December 69 through 80
1902-- January to December 81 through 92
1903-- January to June 93 through 98
1903-- July, August, September 99
1903-- October, November December 1 through 3; circle around number (code is incised).
1904-- January to December 4 through 15; circle around number, (code is incised).
1905-- January to December 16 through 27; circle around number, (code is incised).
1906-- January to December 28 through 39; circle around number, (code is incised).
1907-- January to December 40 through 51; circle around number, (code is incised).
1908-- January to December 52 through 63; circle around number, (code is incised).
1909-- January to December 64 through 75; circle around number, (code is incised).
1910-- January to December 76 through 87; circle around number, (code is incised).
1911-- January to December 88 through 99; circle around number, (code is incised).
1912-- January to December 1 through 12; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1913-- January to December 13 through 24 ; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1914-- January to December 25 through 36; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1915-- January to December 37 through 48; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1916-- January to December 49 through 60; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1917-- January to December 61 through 72; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1918-- January to December 73 through 84; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1919-- January to June 85 through 90; diamond around number, (code is incised).
1919-- July to December 1 through 6; diamond around number, (code is incised).
 

1920 through 1960: Various company mark trademarks applied underglaze with pigment. Format: Year (represented by letter(s)) - Month represented by numbers 1 through 12.

 Starting in 1923, Syracuse differentiated china made at their two different plants, by the order of the numbers:
Fayette Street Plant: YY-1 (year - month)
Court Street Plant: 1-YY (month - year)
(Some sources say this changeover took place in 1930.)

 

1920 A
1921 B
1922 C
1923 D
1924 E
1925 F
1926 G
1927 H
1928 I
1929 J
1930 K
1931 L
1932 M
1933 N
1934 O
1935 P
1936 Q
1937 R
1938 S
1939 T
1940 U
1941 V
1942 W
1943 X
1944 Y
1945 Z
1946 AA
1947 BB
1948 CC
1949 DD
1950 EE
1951 FF
1952 GG
1953 HH
1954 II
1955 JJ
1956 KK
1957 LL
1958 MM
1959 NN
1960-- January only OO

1960 through 1962: Along the bottom of the logo is a row of dots. The position of the missing dot marks the month of production. A two digit number represents year (number of years since 1871 when O.P. Co was founded).

In 1962, famed industrial designer Peter Piening introduced a company logo that was used for only a short time on the backstamp.

 

1960-- February to December 89 (month indicated by missing dot).
1961-- January to December 90 (month indicated by missing dot).
1962-- January to June 91 (month indicated by missing dot).

1962 through Today: Various company mark trademarks applied underglaze with pigment. Format: year represented as year number (counted from 1871). After 1975, the year was represented as year since 1971).

 

1962-- July to December 91 (Month indicated by letters G through L).
1963 92 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1964 93 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1965 94 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1966 95 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1967 96 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1968 97 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1969 98 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1970 99 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1971 100 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1972 101 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1973 102 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1974 103 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1975 4 (Month indicated by letters A through L).
1976 5 (Month indicated by letters A through I) (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1977 6 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1978 7 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1979 8 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1980 9 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1981 10 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1982 11 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1983 12 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1984 13 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1985 14 (Letter codes used for more than one month).
1986 15 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1987 16 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1988 17 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1989 18 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1990 19 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1991 20 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1992 21 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1993 22 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1994 23 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1995 24 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1996 25 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1997 26 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
1998 27 (Letters A-D indicate a quarters of the year).
 

Notes about date codes on Syracuse China:

In order to be able to provide finished ware within reasonable turnaround time, Syracuse China traditionally maintained a supply of once-fired bisque ware on hand, that could be quickly decorated with custom designs, glazed and fired.

Prior to 1920, the date codes were pressed into the ware prior to the first firing. Often times this resulted in china being shipped to customers with date codes that preceded the order by as much as two or three years. Occasionally a piece surfaces today from this period where the date code is much older than the first recorded production of a particular design--a result of this practice.