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Date Code Backstamps for Restaurant China


Following are date codes for Jackson, Mayer, Shenango, Syracuse, Sterling, and Wallace China Companies. These dates were applied at the time of manufacture to remind the commercial customer of the quality and longevity of the china. Some of my best Syracuse pieces are over 40 years old and look brand new. I will be adding more companies to this list as I find the keys to the codes. If anyone out there help out, email me at: helpme@restaurant-ware.com It would be great to share as much information as possible.

Jackson China Dates


Pretty simple: Letter on back corresponds to the year in the table. Notice that the letters repeat at the year 1977. I can't verify the accuracy of this table at the moment but I'm working on it.
A1951M1963Y1975
B1952N 1964Z1976
C1953O1965A1977
D1954P1966B1978
E1955Q1967C1979
F1956R1968D 1980
G1957S1969E1981
H 1958T1970F1982
I1959U1971 G1983
J1960V1972H1984
K1961W1973I1985
L1962X1974J1986

Mayer China


Piece of cake. The last two numbers are the year of manufacture, i.e., 355 is 1955.

Shenango China


First column is the year of manufacture. Second column is a number which represents the year of manufacture in the backstamp. The Third and Fourth columns are letters which represent whether the plate was made between January-June (column 3) or July-December (column 4).
Example:    20A = July-Dec/1962
I guess the point was if the diner turned the plate over and saw it was made thirty years ago, that may indicate that the meatloaf was possible old as well so the codes kept the nosy from the truth.
19508MA195917WJ196826RG
19519NB196018XK196927TH
195210OC1961 19YL197028UA
195311PD196220ZA197129VB
195412QE196321M197230WC
195513RF196422NC197331XD
195614TG196523OD197432YE
195715U H196624PE197533ZF
195816VI196725QF197634MG

Sterling China


The following datecode information was submitted originally by Randy Flowerday yadrewolf@aol.com He actually got this information by contacting the company directly. They are still in business. After a couple of computer crashes I lost his original date codes and found a copy somewhere else which I present to you now. It is a bit fuzzy but maybe eventually I will rescan it. Again, maybe you could call Sterling and get the info for yourself. They are on my phone number page. Enjoy.

Syracuse China


On Econo-Rim and Syracuse China there are date codes that were put there to remind the institutional customer of how long their china has lasted. As proof of the durability of vitrified china, my oldest pieces dating back to the late forties look the least for wear. I had assumed they were from the late seventies!!! Originally the company started with letters and then double letters. They switched to using numbers for the year and a letter to denote the month of manufacture in 1960. Here is an incomplete list of codes...
1930K1935P1940U1945Z1950EE1955JJ
1931L1936Q1941V 1946AA1951FF1956KK
1932M1937R1942W1947BB1952GG1957LL
1933N1938S1943X1948CC1953HH1958MM
1934O1939T1944Y1949DD1954II1959NN
1960OO

When they switched to numbers, letters were used to designate the month of manufacture. (example: 90-C stands for March, 1961)
Jan-A Feb-B Mar-C Apr-D May-E Jun-F Jul-G Aug-H Sep-I Oct-J Nov-K Dec-L
1960891962911964931966951968 97197099
1961901963921965941967961969981971100

I believe the company started over with the number 4 in 1975 ie 1976=5, 1977=6, etc.

Walker China


Another piece of cake...Just add 1922 to the number found on the bottom of the dish.
Example: 39 = 1961. Enjoy!

Wallace China


Thank You Jack Chipman...Everyone buy this guy's books!!! Researcher unsurpassed!!!
Warning: I have been told that these dates may not be accurate. But I have no way to verify them so user Beware!!!
Month:
2=Jan, 3=April, 4=May, 5=Feb, 6=June, 7=March, 8=July, 9=Nov, 10=Dec, 11=Sept, 12=Aug, 14=Oct Year: (to 1956)
A=1931, B='32, C='33, D='34, E='35, F='36, G='37, H='38, I='39, J='40, K='41, L='42, M='43, N='44, O='45, Z='46, Y='47, W='48, V='49, X='50, S='51, Q='52, P='53, U='54, T='55, R='56
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