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7 Interesting Facts About Royal Doulton

Written by on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:00AM
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calcined bone ash, china clay, cornish stone, Harry Nixon, HN, product sales, Royal Doulton, sewage pipes
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Royal Doulton Abdullah Figurine

With such an extensive and intriguing history, it's no real surprise that there's a huge number of interesting facts about Royal Doulton.

Of course, everyone's idea of 'interesting' will obviously vary (!!), but to us, the history of Royal Doulton is one of the most fascinating of not only any of the English Potteries, but of any English company.

Therefore, looking at a number of widely-interesting facts about Royal Doulton, the following seven are some of the most notable.

1.  Although Royal Doulton figurines look relatively fragile, they're actually quite strong in their build, something that's due to them so often being made from not just one material, but a combination of three - cornish stone, china clay and calcined bone ash.

2.  During the 1840s, the company saw considerable success and was said to have made a small fortune by manufacturing and supplying products that are vastly different to those which they're known for today - sewage pipes.

3.  A tiny number was printed next to the Royal Doulton stamp on all products made between 1928 and 1954 - add this number to 1927 and you'll get the year it was manufactured in.

4.  If you've ever wondered what the 'HN' stands for on the serial number, it's the initial of one of the figurines' painters, Harry Nixon, which started to be used as part of the labelling system way back in 1913.

5.  Whilst this isn't a definitive rule of thumb, generally speaking, if you're looking for the most collectable Royal Doulton pieces, those that are signed by an artist, were of a particularly limited run or are pre-1939 are usually the ones that secure the most interest.

6.  Of all Royal Doulton product sales, 50% come from the UK and 30% from America, leaving just 20% spread out amongst the rest of the world.

7.  Although some products from Royal Doulton are made in small runs, it is usually possible to find most items if you look long and hard enough.  However, always aiming to please their customers, the company are known for creating bespoke pieces if you're searching for something completely unique.

Royal Doulton are one of those companies that have an absolutely fascinating history.  Spanning nearly two centuries in one form or another, it's no wonder that there's such a lot of interesting information to discuss.

We're always happy to speak to our customers about all things Royal Doulton related at The Doulton Lady and these seven facts are just a small number of those that we - and so many others - find particularly interesting about this wonderful company.

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  1. I found this interesting and I was wondering if you can help me. I have a Royal Doulton Sweet Anne Figurine 7.5 inches and it doesn't have a HN number. It has the stamp with Made in England under that Royal Doulton then under symbol england under that Bone China Sweet Anne is in quotes and in print. There is a handwritten number under the name Sweet Anne 31 next to the 1 a small dot and a vertical dash half the size of the number 1. She is in the purple tones. The number 620 is pressed into the base in a rectangle. My grandmother received it as a gift from a wealthy friend and then passed it on to my mother. My mom is looking to sell it to pay the vet bill for her dog that is ill. Do you have any idea of its value? Is it rare because of no HN number. Any help or opinion would be appreciated. I have searched the internet and have not found information on this matter.

    Written on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1:48hrs by Sue

  2. Hi Sue, Many thanks for your comment - it has been passed on and we'll be in touch directly ASAP.

    Written on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:33hrs by thedoultonlady

  3. I too have a figurine without an HN number. It is Valerie and has the monogram A.T. handwritten. It has a feint mark between 'England' and 'Bone China' which could be R and not a number. Is it a reject or is it rare!? To me it appears to be perfect except for a few small blown bubbles on the underside of the foot of the piece. Any help or comments much appreciated. Can send photos.

    Written on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 16:32hrs by Helen

  4. What material was 1928 The Old King made of. HN2134 Royal Doulton

    Written on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 5:44hrs by Carol Polacek

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