Royal Doulton Marks

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The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme. Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.

Factors other than the Doulton mark can help in more accurate dating, particularly pattern names and numbers and date codes or artists monograms.

Between 1878 and 1882, Henry and James Doulton acquired a major interest in the Pinder Bourne factory in Nile Street, Burlsem and changed the name to Doulton & Company, Burlsem.

Doulton continued, intially, to use the base marks of PINDER BOURNE & CO and/or the initials P.B. & CO or P.B.
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Several other Doulton marks occur in the very early stages and incorporate pattern names such as ROUEN and KEW, with some remaining in use for up to twenty years.

The following tables contain a selection of the most commonly used BURSLEM and LAMBETH ware marks.

Together with some additional hints that may help with dating your Doulton pottery, porcelain and stoneware.

Doulton Burslem Marks

1882 to 2004 – Doulton marks for manufactured stonewares, earthenwares and porcelain at BURSLEM – Stoke On Trent.

1827-1858

DOULTON & WATTS
LAMBETH POTTERY
LONDON

DOULTON & WATTS

Early impressed moulded or incised marks on stone ware and terracotta products.

1858-1910

DOULTON
LAMBETH

Impressed or printed mark on plain brown and cream-glazed stoneware
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1891 – 1956

Impressed or print mark with several variations. Used on plain brown and cream glazed stoneware and occasional 

1895 – 1903

HENRY DOULTON

H DOULTON

H DOULTON & CO

Rough incised marks used by George Tinworth on his panels and plaques
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1869 – 1877

Impressed mark on early Doulton Ware. The date of production was added to the centre after 1872. A circular printed variation can also be found.
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1872 – 1914

Impressed or printed mark on Lambeth Faience wares.

ENGLAND added after 1891.
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1877 – 1880

Impressed mark usually with the year of production incised into the clay.
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1932 –

Impressed mark found on stoneware. From 1872 the year of production should be impressed and there should also be an artists mark.

ENGLAND added after 1891.
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1886 – 1914

Impressed mark on special items.
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1887 – 1900

Impressed or printed mark on special Marqueterie wares.
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1881 – 1912

Impressed mark on Doulton silicon wares.

ENGLAND added after 1891.
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1881 – 1910

Impressed mark on earthenwares
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1888 – 1898

Impressed mark on Carrara wares.
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1902 – 1922

Standard impressed mark used 1902 to 1914 and 1927 to 1936.

In 1902 to 1914 an impressed shield is also present which includes a lower case letter. c=1902 – d=1903 – e=1904 up to o=1914.
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1922 -1956

Variation of standard impressed mark without the crown. Variations occur particularly without the outer ring.

Special Doulton Marks

Throughout their history Royal Doulton introduced various special marks relating to specific collections or specific ranges of wares.
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1901 – 1924

A special mark used together with the standard Burslem mark on Morrisian wares.
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1916 – 1933

A special Doulton mark for small titanian wares. Larger wares have the standard mark with TITANIAN printed underneath.
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1930 – 1942

Found on Doulton Brangwyn wares either on its own or with the standard mark.
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Printed mark which appears on early Flambe wares, particularly smaller items. Variations occur with the standard Doulton mark and FLAMBE underneath.
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1920 – 1940

Sung script mark used with Flambe mark. Sometimes signed by Charles Noke and with artists monogram underneath the standard mark as left.
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1925 – 1940

Chang script mark used with standard Doulton mark. This example signed by Charles Noke and with artist Harry Nixons monogram.
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Under The Greenwood Tree

Special Royal Doulton series ware mark, produced specifically for that series ware. There are many others including Home Waters and The Gallant Fishers as the mark on the right shows.
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The Gallant Fishers

Special Royal Doulton series ware mark, produced specifically for that series ware. There are many others including Home Waters and Under The Greenwood Tree, as the mark on the left shows.
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Bunnykins

Doulton produced a special mark for the bunnykins range of nursery ware.
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Figurines

There is an old rule of thumb for dating Doulton figurines; where you add 27 to the small and hardly visable number to the right of the Doulton backstamp.
For example: "Sweet Lavender". 27 + 10 = 37. The figurine was therefore produced in 1937
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Doulton Pattern & Code Numbers

The following numbers indicate the approximate date range or period when the marked item was first introduced. That is not to say that your item was produced in that year but simply that the year indicated is the earliest the piece could have been produced.
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Doultons Robert Allen Studios

Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them. The RA numbers are mostly hand-written and accompany the standard Doulton marks.

Robert Allen handpainted wares were never produced in large quantities and many were never repeated.

The dates given below give a close approximation of when the designs were produced. RA-1 is repeated twice and it should be noted that the re-setting of the number marries up with the new Doulton lion and crown mark.
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