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Why Do People Love Collecting Royal Doulton Figurines?

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:00AM
Tags: collecting, fashion, history, nostalgia, ornaments, Royal Doulton
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'Joanne' from our Doulton Ladies collection

Over the years, Royal Doulton figurines have become known as one of the most enduringly popular items to collect. While all kinds of collectibles are popular for a few months or years and then disappear (anyone remember beanie babies?) - genuine Royal Doulton figurines have been sought after throughout their lifetime.

But what is it about these particular figurines that gives them such longevity?

Of course, the exact reasons differ from person to person - every collector has different reasons for their Royal Doulton obsession. But we think there are a few big reasons that many collectors would give if you were to ask them.

So we've brought together some of the top reasons to collect, so perhaps you if you know someone who accumulates these figurines you can possibly gain a bit of an insight into their hobby. And if you were wondering about Royal Doulton and were thinking of beginning to build up your own collection - well, maybe this writeup will give you the inspiration you need to develop a new interest!

For the first reason, you only need to take a look at the figurines themselves. Every single one has massive ornamental appeal, displaying as they do incredible craftsmanship, taste and style. Particularly when you look at the Ladies or historical figures, you can really appreciate the heritage and history of the brand.

Take for instance the gorgeous and multi-layered dresses of the Ladies, evoking a type of fashion that seems to have disappeared from the modern world.

Or the characters and historical figures series featuring professions that seem to have more or less disappeared, such as blacksmith, newspaper boy and chimney sweep.

Few of us are actually old enough to recall some of the styles depicted in the historical range, but all the same we get a feeling similar to nostalgia when we get a glimpse of the times, before sagging jeans and onesies, when people really knew how to dress to impress!

Aside from the ornamental value, Royal Doulton figurines definitely make great conversation pieces - whether on display in your living room, dining room, kitchen or elsewhere, they're of a visibly high quality such that they're sure to get a discussion going!

Not to mention they are only set to increase in value - while this may or may not not be the main reason you decide to start collecting, it's definitely a nice bonus for if you or your next of kin should decide to relieve your collection further down the line. You can think of your Royal Doulton collection as a nest egg on a par with jewellery or artwork.

We're sure you can think of many other reasons to collect - maybe you have some more yourself - so why not let us know in the comments if we missed anything?

Down Memory Lane: A Look At Our Historical Figures

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:00AM
Tags: british history, figurines, gifts, historical figures, nostalgia, Royal Doulton, Royal Doulton figurines
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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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