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Is Your Royal Doulton Figurine A Fake?

Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 02:00PM
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No matter what it is you collect, Royal Doulton figurines or not, it can be particularly worrying when you're asked whether your items are genuine.

Even if you're sure you've bought them from a reputable dealer or outlet, unless you get them certified by a professional, there can always be a certain amount of doubt in your mind that prevents you from feeling confident the items you own aren't fake.

Now of course, not everyone has the time or inclination to meet with a professional to verify the authenticity of their figurines and as such, a lot of people simply live with this concern.

If you're a collector of Royal Doulton figurines, however, there are certain things you can do to help work out whether you have a fake or genuine item and ultimately put your mind at ease that your investment hasn't been a wasted one.

And the good news is, it's all relatively straightforward and generally just comes back to how the items look.

It might sound obvious, but if your Royal Doulton figurine looks as though it could be a fake in any way, you may want to get it looked at further.

For example, if a colour looks too dull or too vibrant, this can be a great indication that the product has been rushed through production using low-quality paints and although it may look finished (in the sense it's all painted), the incorrect use of colours can make the piece look imperfect.

If the colours all look as they should, the next point to check would be the intricate details; the areas of the figurines that look as though they would be particularly difficult to paint.

If they look perfect and there's no (or only absolutely minimal) blurring, it's highly likely you've got a genuine product - if the lines aren't as clean as they could be, however, it can be a very obvious nod towards a fake.

The actual base of the figurine should be taken into consideration, too, as if the item is supposedly several decades old, yet it has a flawless base with absolutely no marks, common sense should suggest it's potentially not as old as it's being made out to be.

If you're concerned about the authenticity of any Royal Doulton figurine, it's always recommended to get in touch with a professional.  The points above will definitely help to relieve any concerns you may have, but by speaking to a professional, you should be able to remove them completely.

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