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Royal Doulton Figurines: An Enduringly Popular British Product

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.

Down Memory Lane: A Look At Our Historical Figures

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:00AM
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At Royal Doulton, we are without a doubt best known for our stunning ladies figurines. It's been a few months since we took the opportunity to showcase on our blog some of the other gorgeous products we have for sale. In this post, we want to tell you about our historical figurines - a large selection of statuettes depicting real people and professions from days gone by.

These figurines have real nostalgia value, as many of them depict people in professions that don't exist any more. Others portray jobs that have continued, but with different uniforms, equipment and so on.

Take the example of the fireman, who we see in a brass helmet, dark tunic and leather boots and belt, kneeling on a cobbled surface. While a regulation fire-retardant high-vis jackets with a bright yellow plastic helmet might be a safer outfit for the firefighters of today, there's a certain romanticism about the older version.

And with figurines in guises that hardly exist any more, such as schoolmarm, tinsmith, gamekeeper or coachman, we may feel nostalgia for a time we've experienced only through old story books and film.

While part of the attraction of our historical figurines is no doubt fond remembrance for a time when we might believe people perhaps had more respect for their work and for each other, or whatever the reason may be - it's hard to deny the styles of things such as clothing, hair and equipment has an inherent charm that goes beyond a 'rose-tinted' view of the past.

After all, do we really think that a hundred years from now, people will collect figurines of police officers in bright green jackets with a Tazer on their belt, as we so often see law enforcement wearing today?

As well as various professionals, a great number of our figurines also depict great historical figures, including Sir Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell and several British monarchs, as well as more contemporary figures such as Pope John Paul II.

Figurines that bring up a little piece of history make a great talking piece when they take pride of place in your home, maybe on a mantelpiece or in a glass-fronted cabinet.

These pieces also make fantastic gifts - why not give a teacher or veterinarian who's special to you a glimpse of what their work attire might have looked like a century ago?

You'll probably be surprised at the size of our catalogue - we have over 240 historical figures, and that's only one line of products. Take a look too at our storybook characters, and collections of animals of all kinds. There's more to The Doulton Lady than the name suggests - what's your favourite range?

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