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What If Your Royal Doulton Figurine Is Damaged?

Written by on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 03:39PM
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Around our own possessions, especially those of some worth, it makes sense to take due care and diligence to ensure nothing is damaged, dropped or even nudged in the wrong way. And that’s how most people would behave around their Royal Doulton figurines.

You can safeguard your figurine by placing it out of reach on a sturdy shelf, or inside a glass-fronted cabinet. All the same, it’s surprisingly easy for a child, pet or house guest to get curious or careless. And if you take your figurine out of its safe place – for cleaning or to admire its fine detail – a momentary lapse in your otherwise cautious attitude can occur. No matter how careful a person tries to be, accidents can always happen.

If your Royal Doulton figurine does become damaged, there are a few different ways you can go about resolving the situation. In part, it will depend on just how bad the damage is.

Maybe you’re only dropped your figure, or maybe even just set it down too hard on a surface. Whatever the exact cause, if your figurine is merely chipped, it shouldn’t be too hard to restore.

If the chip or crack is on the back or base of the figurine, you might even consider not doing anything about it. After all, few people if any will actually see it.

This isn’t an option that is much talked about. Most of us would rather have an intact figurine, even if nobody really knows the difference. Note that having a slightly damaged figurine will affect the value, and is something you should point out when and if you sell the piece.

It may be you can’t allow the chip or other minor damage to remain, in which case the best thing to do is to wrap the figurine up – along with the missing chip if you can find it – and take it carefully to a repairer. They will be able to match the colour, the sheen, everything, so that it looks as good as new.

If on the other hand the damage is more severe, there is likely to be nothing you can do about repairing the piece. With thousands of pieces strewn on the ground, it’s fairly evident the piece can’t be salvaged, and so it will be time to look for a replacement.

In the meantime, you should be able to claim for the piece on your insurance. If you have contents insurance, you should be covered already, but the Doulton Lady also offers insurance and valuation services that will potentially get you a better deal.

Dealing with the loss of a valued possession is rarely easy, but with proper preparation and swift action, you can greatly minimise the impact of the damage.

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  1. Missing the articles on this site which I find very informative and helpful.
    this is a link

    Written on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 22:55hrs by Maureen Page

  2. I have a baloon lady. However, on of the balloons is brioken. I do not have the piece for repairs. Is this piece still has value even though
    it is damaged.

    Written on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 20:41hrs by Claudette

  3. This was helpful. I’m glad there is someone else out there as passionate about RD as I am!

    Written on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 18:32hrs by Gianna Agag

  4. hello, royal Dalton Yvonne had hairline fractures and broken. Cracks will not go back together. any value in this piece? thank you, Denise

    Written on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 16:23hrs by denise jardin rotolante

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