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1847 to 1970: the company was owned outright by the Copeland family and a variation on Copeland or W. Copeland was used; again often in conjunction with the Spode name. In 1970, to celebrate the supposed bicentenary of the founding of the company, the name reverted to Spode with a new logo designed by John Sutherland Hawes.
There's A Brief History of the Stratocaster Part I and Part II that follows the evolution of the most popular Fender guitar of all.
Perhaps the best place to start when dating your Fender is to get an approximate idea of the era based on the instrument's design and components.
This can be a tall order for someone less versed in guitar history, but we do have some resources here on Reverb to help you out.
Instead, the best approach to dating a Fender is to combine indicators from the design of the instrument, the dates found on the neck and body, along with the serial number.
Once you have the information you need, if you're interested in selling your Fender, you can use Reverb to get it in front of the largest audience of musicians in the world by clicking on this link.