china or porcelain manufactured by the Spodes or the firm they established.

Also called Spode china.




Josiah,1733–97, and his son, Josiah, 1754–1827, English potters.
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Contemporary Examples of spode

  • But Spode is a character from pure planet Wodehouse—just as much as Aunt Agatha or Gussy Fink-Nottle.

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    Douglas Murray

    September 28, 2010

Historical Examples of spode

  • I'm almost sure that it must be Spode, or some other of the very old English wares.

    A Little Country Girl

    Susan Coolidge

  • Mother, are these your Spode plates, or are they Cauldon ware?

    Patty's Success

    Carolyn Wells

  • Davenport ware is strong in colour, and follows the rich designs of Spode.

  • Spode in particular had a great fondness for Chinese subjects.

  • In the window were a tea service of spode and a collection of luster ware.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for spode



(sometimes capital) china or porcelain manufactured by Josiah Spode, English potter (1754–1827), or his company
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Word Origin and History for spode

fine sort of porcelain, 1869, named for first maker, Josiah Spode (1754-1827), potter in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

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