Dating and valuing antique china
Many pieces fortunately carry in addition to trade-mark and pattern number an impressed or printed indication of when they were made. The printed dates are usually indicated by Code Numbers beginning with and up to .A simple way of calculating the date is to add the number in question to 1927.This mark is still used on fine earthenware products such as Character Jugs.This is the same as 13.9 except for the addition of the words BONE CHINA.It was in use for all Fine Bone China products between 19 and is still used today on figures, animal models and other non-tableware Bone China products. piece with B.7 for example, will have been made before 1927 and probably before 1922.Various special marks will be found on figures, Character Jugs, animal models, Series Wares, Titanian, Morrisian, Flamb? These, by themselves, are not of much help for the purpose of dating but fortunately they are usually in addition to the standard trade-mark in use at the time, e.g. Pattern numbers, Registration numbers and artists' signatures can also help to indicate the period of production. Several of these were adopted after 1882 by Doulton and remained in use for about twenty years. Occasionally found also between 19 along with B.7 but the later Holbein Wares were not always specifically marked. Other devices occur incorporating the name of the pattern. This mark, adapted from a similar Lambeth mark incorporating a device of four interlocking D's was introduced c. An adaptation of B.4 used on the Holbein Wares mainly between 18.
It will be noted that in the book numbered 26, the pattern numbers begin again with RA-1.
These hand-painted wares were not reproduced in great quantities and some items bearing RA-numbers would probably never have been repeated.
The dates below are when the books containing the designs recorded in each were purchased.
Within ten years he had enlarged the factory three times, built a china works, taken on the largest and most gifted group of artists in the Potteries, and developed for Doulton a reputation for craftsmanship and artistry still identified with Royal Doulton today. The following are two typical examples found on the patterns Rouen and Kew. The printed or impressed word HOLBEIN is also found on some examples of this particular ware.
Between 1878 (when Henry and James Doulton acquired the major interest in the Pinder, Bourne factory in Nile Street, Burslem) and 1882 (when the name of the firm was changed to Doulton & Company, Burslem) existing Pinder, Bourne marks continued in use, such as the name in full: PINDER BOURNE CO.: and the initials P. Introduced in the latter part of 1901 to mark the grant of the Royal Warrant by King Edward VII together with the specific right to use the word ROYAL to designate Doulton products.