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Do You Need To Know The Value Of Your Royal Doulton Figurines?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:00AM
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The Mary Jane Royal Doulton lady figurine

Over the past couple of weeks, we've talked about a few different topics related to the value of your Royal Doulton figurines - back in early April we talked about the importance of getting your figurines valued, whilst earlier in May we discussed whether Royal Doulton figurines make good investments.

Today, we want to talk once again about Royal Doulton figurines and their value, but in a way that some may not have thought about previously - and we want to raise a few questions as to whether it's actually beneficial knowing how much your figurines are worth.

In some ways, this contradicts what we said in our post from April, where we talked about why it's important to get them valued.

However, after we received a few comments recently about certain items and asking for our advice on valuing them, we began to question whether such information is actually useful to have.

If we were to speak generally, we'd say that everyone should get their figurines valued, for the reasons we listed previously.  But it's always interesting to look at topics in different ways and we believe there could be some instances where knowing the valuation of a figurine, whilst not detrimental, could not be worthwhile.

For example, let's imagine one of your older relatives had a collection of Royal Doulton ladies they'd amassed over the years.  They'd never been valued and they were all on show, taking pride of place in the living room.  It's unlikely these figurines are ever going to be sold and they're simply going to be handed down through the family once the relative passes away.

Now getting the figurines valued would obviously mean they could be accurately insured (they'll no doubt be covered on the home insurance policy, but they may be under / over insured), but there's also the likelihood that should they find out the figurines were worth more than they thought, they would box them all away for fear of them being damaged.

But what benefit would this have?  The relative adores the figurines and loves looking at them on a daily basis - hiding them away would greatly reduce the satisfaction they got from them, simply because they've been turned into objects of value, rather than enjoyment.

We're in no way saying you shouldn't get your Royal Doulton figurines valued, but we do feel it's important you don't take it as a requirement as a lover of the items - knowing how much your collection is valued at can be fantastic, but if you aren't a professional collector or investor and believe knowing the value could greatly reduce the enjoyment you get from them, it has to be questioned whether having this information - in some instances - will actually be worthwhile.

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