Their appeal is wide reaching because Doulton jugs are varied both in their craftsmanship and their subject matter. A similar device with a crown above, was used from 1886 to mark the appointment of Doulton as potters to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. For more on Royal Doulton visit , , , , , , , , Charles Nokes, very first true character jug derivatives were the ashtrays of 1936, which were basically miniature size character jugs with trays added. The Royal Doulton International Collectors' Club The Royal Doulton International Collectors' Club is a flourishing organisation devoted to meeting the needs and special interests Royal Doulton enthusiasts. There was sometimes an overlap in numbering between the end of one year and the beginning of another, so that some of the dates of introduction given below may be a year out.
History Royal Doulton was started in 1815 with a factory in London, England, by partners John Doulton, John Watts and Martha Jones. Within a few years Henry had established an artist studio and china works to accompany the dinnerware factory at Bursalem, which would be an integral part of Royal Doulton until they closed their doors in 2005 when operations were moved abroad. And while several theories exist about the origins of the name and where it came from the most colorful explanation entails an old English drinking song about a verbose drinker who could consume copious amounts of drink; the drink being responsible for his larger than life size and ultimately his untimely passing. Interestingly the 3rd, the green version was also produced in a dinky edition of 250, as yet not seen on eBay by myself. Several of these were adopted after 1882 by Doulton and remained in use for about twenty years. They continue to be collectable today.
It was a jovial, seated, male figure, with a mug in his hand and a tricorn hat which made a pouring spout. It is thought to be a development of similar Delft jugs that were produced in the Netherlands. Returns Returns are accepted up to fourteen days after receiving your purchase. If you could help me find the value of each I would be very appreciative. Collecting Royal Doulton Antiques The Royal Doulton company, the history, the products, Doulton marks and artists monograms. Members are kept up to date on collecting matters by mailings.
Identifying Toby Jugs In 1933, Charles Noke designed a series of toby jugs based on famous figures from history or literature. The impressed dates are not always easy to see and may be overlooked if one is not careful. The date numbers referred to above may, or may not, accompany this mark. Originally six figures were produced in 1939, with production ceasing during World War 2. Shaded Rim s still pre sent on the larger size jug s. Fenton liked to model more rough around the edges characters.
The se line s are u sually thin and fairly long. It was in 1853 that the company took the name Doulton. Collecting Royal Doulton Bunnykins is a thriving hobby, with approximately 400 figures to find, fluctuating from the common to dinky editions. Toby jugs -- porcelain mugs in the shape of a seated man in a tricornered hat holding a mug of his own -- were first made in the 18th century, and have continued to be popular ever since. Then the thought occurred to me of immortalising them as a series of ceramic figures. The Lambeth factory closed in 1956 due to clean air regulations preventing urban production of salt glaze. On some patterns, particularly on china, the date has been written in special ink.
When purchasing items as delicate as porcelain or earthenware it is essential to have confidence in who you are buying from. Identifying Early Character Jugs It is easy to identify jugs created in the early production days. It must be kept in mind that some patterns remained in production and usually kept the same number for many years. Each one is written by an acknowledged expert, copiously illustrated, and will remain the definitive work on specialist aspects of Royal Doulton artistry for many years. Bunnykins Doulton produced a special mark for the bunnykins range of nursery ware. Alban's Church was built in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1887 with Alexandra, Princess of Wales as one of the driving forces, Doulton donated and manufactured an altarpiece, a pulpit and a font.
Character Jugs Variations Sometimes variations have been made to handle design without altering the overall style of the jug. This number was stamped on the Toby jugs from the year 1927 on. The dates given below give a close approximation of when the designs were produced. The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme. Box 6254, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa.
Unfortunately many of the record books giving details are missing, but despite this what is available is interesting as giving some idea when pieces so numbered were designed. Over thirty jugs that were designed by Charles Noke and Harry Fenton were retired while Henk was in charge which signaled the end of the era of character jug design as the company made way for the new and more modernized vision of character jugs Henk created. This collection has become one of the most collectable ever produced. Pattern and code numbers The following numbers indicate the approximate periods during which the patterns so marked were first introduced. The business specialised in making stoneware articles, including decorative bottles and salt glaze sewer pipes. As I read his Royal Doulton certficate of authenticity, I found that John Wayne, shared the same birthday day as my father, which I never knew and now just ensures that this character jug will forever be at the top of my list of favourite favourites. These are normal variations between pieces, but something to be aware of.