Dating Doulton Marks

Royal Doulton Marks, base marks, pattern codes and trade marks.

The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme. Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.





Factors other than the Doulton mark can help in more accurate dating, particularly pattern names and numbers and date codes or artists monograms.

Between 1878 and 1882, Henry and James Doulton acquired a major interest in the Pinder Bourne factory in Nile Street, Burlsem and changed the name to Doulton & Company, Burlsem.

Doulton continued, intially, to use the base marks of PINDER BOURNE & CO and/or the initials P.B. & CO or P.B.

Royal Doulton marks pattern codes and trade marks

Several other Doulton marks occur in the very early stages and incorporate pattern names such as ROUEN and KEW, with some remaining in use for up to twenty years.

The following tables contain a selection of the most commonly used BURSLEM and LAMBETH ware marks.

Together with some additional hints that may help with dating your Doulton pottery, porcelain and stoneware.

Doulton Burslem Marks …

1882 to 2004 – Doulton marks for manufactured stonewares, earthenwares and porcelain at BURSLEM – Stoke On Trent

Royal Doulton marks 1882-1912

1882-1902

Early printed or impressed marks using pattern names.

Rouen and Kew in the examples at left.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

ENGLAND added after 1891.Coronet added after 1886.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

1882-1902

Adapted from an early Lambeth mark. Incorporates the interlocking ‘D’ motif.

ENGLAND added after 1891.

Royal Doulton marks doulton-burslem-1885-02

1886 – 1902

Coronet added to mark the appoinment of Henry Doulton as Potter to HRH The Prince of Wales.

ENGLAND added after 1891.

Royal Doulton marks holbein

1895 – 1903

Adaptation of the coronet mark. Used on Holbein wares. Occasionally found between 1903 and 1915 together with standard print mark.

Royal Doulton marks 1885-39

1885 – 1939

Several variations found on Chine Wares.

Sometimes with the words CHINE WARE.

Royal Doulton marks 1902-56-2

1902 – 1922

Introduced to mark the grant of the Royal Warrant by King Edward VII.

Small items only marked with the cicular section of the mark. No lion or crown.

Royal Doulton marks 1902-56

c1923 – 1927

Variation of standard print mark – without the crown

Royal Doulton marks 1922-56

1932 –

Commonly in use after 1932 but sometimes seen btween 1928 and 1931.

This mark is still used on fine earthenware products such as character jugs..

1928 – 1973

The same as the standard print mark but with the addition of BONE CHINA below the mark. Can also have FINE BONE CHINA or ENGLISH TRANSLUCENT CHINA.

Royal Doulton marks 1928-59

1973 – present

Introduced in 1973-74 to recognise the newly named FINE ENGLISH CHINA and stiil used today.

Doulton Lambeth Marks …

1882 to 2004 – Doulton marks for manufacturered stonewares & earthenwares at LAMBETH, London

DOULTON & WATTS
LAMBETH POTTERY
LONDON

DOULTON & WATTS

1827-1858

Early impressed moulded or incised marks on stone ware and terracotta products.

DOULTON
LAMBETH

1858-1910

Impressed or printed mark on plain brown and cream-glazed stoneware

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

1891 – 1956

Impressed or print mark with several variations. Used on plain brown and cream glazed stoneware and occasional faience ware.

HENRY DOULTON

H DOULTON

H DOULTON & CO

1895 – 1903

Rough incised marks used by George Tinworth on his panels and plaques

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

1869 – 1877

Impressed mark on early Doulton Ware. The date of production was added to the centre after 1872. A circular printed variation can also be found.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks - faience

1872 – 1914

Impressed or printed mark on Lambeth Faience wares.

ENGLAND added after 1891.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

1877 – 1880

Impressed mark usually with the year of production incised into the clay.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks

1932 –

Impressed mark found on stoneware. From 1872 the year of production should be impressed and there should also be an artists mark.

ENGLAND added after 1891.

Royal Doulton slaters marks

1886 – 1914

Impressed mark on special items.

Royal Doulton marks - marqueterie ware

1887 – 1900

Impressed or printed mark on special Marqueterie wares.

Royal Doulton marks- silicon ware1881 – 1912

Impressed mark on Doulton silicon wares.

ENGLAND added after 1891.

antique marks - Royal Doulton marks - crown

1881 – 1910

Impressed mark on earthenwares

Royal Doulton marks - carrara

1888 – 1898

Impressed mark on Carrara wares.

Royal Doulton marks 1902-56-2

1902 – 1922

Standard impressed mark used 1902 to 1914 and 1927 to 1936.

In 1902 to 1914 an impressed shield is also present which includes a lower case letter. c=1902 – d=1903 – e=1904 up to o=1914.

Royal Doulton marks 1923-27

1922 -1956

Variation of standard impressed mark without the crown. Variations occur particulalry without the outer ring.

 

Special Doulton Marks

Throughout their history Royal Doulton introduced various special marks relating to specific collections or specific ranges of wares.

Royal Doulton marks - morrisian ware

1901 – 1924

A special mark used together with the standard Burlsem mark on Morrisian wares.

Royal Doulton marks - titanian wares

1916 – 1933

A special Doulton mark for small titanian wares. Larger wares have the standard mark with TITANIAN printed underneath.

Royal Doulton marks - brangwyn wares

1930 – 1942

Found on Doulton Brangwyn wares either on its own or with the standard mark.

Royal Doulton marks - flambe ware

Printed mark which appears on early Flambe wares, particularly smaller items. Variations occur with the standard Doulton mark and FLAMBE underneath.

Royal Doulton marks - sung mark

1920 – 1940

Sung script mark used with Flambe mark. Sometimes signed by Charles Noke and with artists monogram underneath the standard mark as left.

Royal Doulton marks - chang mark

1925 – 1940

Chang script mark used with standard Doulton mark. This example signed by Charles Noke and with artist Harry Nixons monogram.

Royal Doulton marks - under the greenwood tree

Under The Greenwood Tree

Special Royal Doulton series ware mark, produced specifically for that series ware. There are many others including Home Waters and The Gallant Fishers as the mark on the right shows.

Royal Doulton marks - the gallant fishers

The Gallant Fishers

Special Royal Doulton series ware mark, produced specifically for that series ware. There are many others including Home Waters and Under The Greenwood Tree, as the mark on the left shows.

Royal Doulton marks - bunnykins

Bunnykins

Doulton produced a special mark for the bunnykins range of nursery ware.

Royal Doulton marks - darling HN1

Figurines

There is an old rule of thumb for dating Doulton figurines; where you add 27 to the small and hardly visable number to the right of the Doulton backstamp.
For example: "Sweet Lavender". 27 + 10 = 37. The figurine was therefore produced in 1937

Royal Doulton Marks - bunnykins

Doulton Pattern & Code Numbers

The following numbers indicate the approximate date range or period when the marked item was first introduced. That is not to say that your item was produced in that year but simply that the year indicated is the earliest the piece could have been produced.

Royal Doulton ‘A’ & ‘C’ Numbers …

A Number Year C Number Year
1 1881-1892 1 to 1705 1884-1888
6883 to 7467 1893 1706 to 4240 1889-1891
7468 to 8084 1894 4241 to 4945 1892
8085 to 8592 1895 4946 to 5930 1893
8593 to 9144 1896 5931 to 7070 1894-1895
9145 to 9617 1897 7071 to 8085 1896-1897
9618 to 10000 1898 8086 to 9065 1898-1899
    9066 to 10000 1900-1901

Table RD5.a Royal Doulton ‘A’ & ‘C’ Numbers & Dates

Royal Doulton ‘D’ Numbers …

D Number Year D Number Year
1 to 339 1899 3822 to 3939 1915
340 to 769 1900 3940 to 4074 1916-1918
770 to 1137 1901 4075 to 4143 1919-1920
1138 to 1495 1902 4144 to 4230 1921-1922
1496 to 1869 1903 4231 to 4360 1923
1870 to 2161 1904 4361 to 4470 1924
2162 to 2442 1905 4471 to 4559 1925
2443 to 2723 1906 4560 to 4659 1926
2724 to 2914 1907 4660 to 4737 1927
2915 to 3079 1908 4738 to 4822 1928
3080 to 3229 1909 4823 to 4969 1929
3230 to 3374 1910 4970 to 5069 1930
3375 to 3519 1911 5070 to 5169 1931
3520 to 3635 1912 5170 to 5230 1932
3636 to 3714 1913 5231 to 5429 1933
3715 to 3821 1914 5430 to 5520 1934

Table RD5.b Royal Doulton ‘D’ Number Dates

Royal Doulton ‘H’ Numbers …

H Number Year H Number Year
1 to 359 1916 4936 to 4941 1955
360 to 709 1917 4942 to 4950 1956-1957
710 to 759 1918 4951 to 4956 1958
760 to 906 1919 4957 to 4959 1959
907 to 1049 1920 4960 to 4961 1960
1050 to 1179 1921 4962 to 4964 1961
1180 to 1443 1922 4965 to 4968 1962
1444 to 1812 1923 4969 to 4975 1963
1813 to 2268 1924 5521 to 5612 1935
2269 to 2649 1925 5613 to 5749 1936
2650 to 3180 1926 5750 to 5875 1937
3181 to 3599 1927 5876 to 6009 1938
3600 to 3770 1928 6010 to 6110 1939
3771 to 3909 1929 6111 to 6285 1940-1948
3910 to 4010 1930 6286 to 6390 1949-1952
4011 to 4099 1931 6391 to 6408 1953
4100 to 4189 1932 6409 to 6438 1954
4190 to 4240 1933 6439 to 6454 1955
4241 to 4329 1934 6455 to 6464 1956
4330 to 4425 1935 6465 to 6492 1957
4426 to 4519 1936 6493 to 6507 1958
4520 to 4609 1937 6508 to 6547 1959
4610 to 4710 1938 6548 to 6558 1960
4711 to 4821 1939-1942 6559 to 6567 1961
4822 to 4849 1943-1946 6568 to 6587 1962
4850 to 4906 1947-1952 6588 to 6596 1963
4907 to 4930 1953 6597 to 6006 1964
4931 to 4935 1954    

Table RD5.c Royal Doulton ‘H’ Number Dates

Royal Doulton ‘E’ ‘V’ & ‘X’ Numbers …

E Number Year V Number Year
1 to 940 1901-1902 1 to 376 1927-1928
941 to 1950 1903 377 to 820 1929
1951 to 3040 1904 821 to 1000 1930
3041 to 4054 1905-1906 1001 to 1190 1931
4055 to 6015 1907-1910 1191 to 1320 1932
6016 to 7683 1911 1321 to 1490 1933
7684 to 8277 1912 1491 to 1619 1934
8278 to 8933 1913 1620 to 1710 1935
8934 to 9527 1914 1711 to 1800 1936
9528 to 10000 1915 1801 to 1909 1937
    1910 to 2069 1938
X Number Year 2070 to 2170 1939
1 to 1500 1883-1886 2171 to 2250 1940
1501 to 4000 1887-1893 2251 to 2295 1941-1942
4001 to 5200 1894-1896 2296 to 2365 1943-1948
5201 to 5940 1897-1902 2366 to 2384 1949-1950
5941 to 6600 1903-1905 2385 to 2400 1951-1954
6601 to 7600 1906-1911    
7601 to 8240 1912-1920    
8241 to 8450 1921-1923    
8451 to 8700 1924-1927    
8701 to 8800 1928-1929    
8801 to 8900 1930-1933    
8901 to 9000 1934-1935    

Table RD5.d Royal Doulton ‘E’ ‘V’ & ‘X’ Number Dates

Doultons Robert Allen Studios

Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them. The RA numbers are mostly hand-written and accompany the standard Doulton marks.

Robert Allen handpainted wares were never produced in large quantities and many were never repeated.

The dates given below give a close approximation of when the designs were produced. RA-1 is repeated twice and it should be noted that the re-setting of the number marries up with the new Doulton lion and crown mark.

Robert Allen Studio Date Code Marks …

RA Number Year RA Number Year
1 to 763 before 1892 8205 to 8606 early 1914
764 to 1323 Nov 1892 8607 to 9004 1914-1918
1324 to 2234   9005 to 9402 Apr 1919
2235 to 2763 Nov 1897 9403 to 9802 Aug 192
2764 to 3254 Jan 1899 9803 to 9999 Nov 1923
3255 to 3705 Dec 1900  
3706 to 5000 Apr 1902 1 to 199  
5001 to 5404 Apr 1903 200 to 509 Dec 1925 – Nov 1928
5405 to 5805 May 1904 510 to 709 Nov 1928 – Dec 1930
5806 to 6202 Oct 1905 710 to 906 Dec 1930 – Jun 1932
6203 to 6602 Feb 1907 907 to 1112 Jun 1932 – Nov 1933
6603 to 7002 May 1908 1113 to 1333 Nov 1933 – Jun 1934
7003 to 7402 Dec 1909 1334 to 1538 Jun 1934 – Mar 1937
7403 to 7806 Apr 1911 1539 to 1741 Mar 1937 – 1943
7807 to 8204 Nov 1912 1742 to 1774 1939-1945

Table RD5.i Robert Allen Studio Marks Date Codes

Royal Doulton Marks …. are many and varied as Doulton marked their wares from the very start. The extensive range of Doulton products meant a reasonably complex set of marks and way of marking was required.