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Royal Doulton Figurines: An Enduringly Popular British Product

Written by on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:00AM
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In the world of British design, few names are as well-respected and valued as Doulton. And one of the things that makes the brand somewhat exceptional is that the figurines, which are no longer being produced, have remained highly sought after ever since their introduction.

Royal Doulton as a brand goes back nearly two hundred years - in fact, the bicentennial will be next year - and that period of time has seen major upheavals in virtually every aspect of British life.

The world of today would be unrecognisable to an observer from the early 19th century. With so many distractions and forms of entertainment, people in this day and age don't tend to place as much value on ornaments as perhaps they used to, and yet Royal Doulton figurines remain very popular.

With the rise of e-commerce and online communities, the number of figurines being sold and bought by enthusiasts remains high, but there must be a reason for this beyond the ease of finding like-minded individuals who can help build a person's own collection.

Everyone has their own reason for collecting, as we discussed in our last post - but we reckon there are reasons why the Royal Doulton brand of figurines has remained so popular throughout its lifetime, into more modern times, and why we can expect it to remain so sought after for some years to come.

When you own a Royal Doulton figurine, you hold in your hand a classic piece of British design; really a potent reminder of a time gone by.

It's not just that the dolls from collections such as Ladies or Characters look nice, though they certainly do that as well. It's that they evoke a time period about which we feel nostalgic, even if we haven't actually experienced that period first hand.

Like many examples of classic English or British products - vintage cars from this country being other examples - the design and craftsmanship are second to none.

Plus, these commodities continue to appreciate in value. There might be a relatively minor number of collectors who indulge their hobby purely for the future financial reward, but of course it is always reassuring to know they will make a nice nest egg.

So there you have it - a hobby that not only reflects the great heritage of this country and its industry, but is valued internationally as well. It's no wonder these figurines have endured.

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