Josiah Spode: 1754-1827. British potter. In 1800 he founded a pottery that became famous for its bone china. A trademark used for a brand of fine china and earthenware.
Also a character in a 'Jeeves and Wooster' (P. G. Wodehouse) episode who was a huge bully of a man riding roughshod over Bertie Wooster's life. Spode however, had a secret; Jeeves found out from his connections at the local manservant's club that Spode designed and sold brassieres. One whisper of the 'brand' and Bertie was out of the woods, so to speak.
What Alice saw Through my Looking-Glass:
'Twas brillig, and the slithy Spode
Did gyre and gimble in the maid;
All mimsy were the borrowedbowls,
Which the mome raths outgrabed.
"Beware the Jabbersmock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
In the interest of breaking up the chorus for a moment, it's short for 'Agnes Gooch'. Peggy Cass (actress) played Agnes Gooch in the 1958 film 'Auntie Mame'. Boring I know, but I have to wonder if Patrick Dennis, the author, didn't pick that name on purpose.
Gooch! Could you get the phone please? ... What? Why not?