Spode Bone China Dinnerware | Stafford Platinum Pattern | 34 Pieces Total | Marked: Spode. Fine Bone China. Made In England. Y8636. Stafford Platinum | 12 Dinner Plates, 12 Plates measuring 7.75", 11 Cups. Josiah Spode apprenticed as a potter in the mid-1700s, and by 1754 he went to work for William Banks in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He went on to start his own pottery business making cream-colored earthenware and whiteware with blue prints. In 1770, he took over as the master of Banks factory, and ended up purchasing the business in 1776, according to Warmans Antiques & Collectibles (Krause Publications) edited by Noah Fleisher. Spode pioneered the use of steam-powered, pottery-making machinery and mastered the art of transfer printing from copper plates, as noted in Warmans. Spode opened a London shop in 1778 and sent William Copeland there in about 1784. A number of larger London locations followed. At the turn of the 18th century, Spode introduced bone china. In 1805, Josiah Spode II and William Copeland entered into a partnership for the London business. A Series of partnerships between Josiah Spode II, Josiah Spode III and William Taylor Copeland resulted. By the early 1830s, Copeland acquired the Spode operations in London, and took over the Stoke plants in subsequent years. Until he died in 1868, Copeland managed the business and then passed it on to his heirs. The factory was modernized in 1923, which included the addition of electric power. In 1976, Spode merged with Worcester Royal Porcelain to become Royal Worcester Spode, Ltd.