Royal doulton identifying marks dating
Bone china is a very pure white (whiter than standard European porcelain) and can be cast so thin as to be translucent, yet is still surprisingly chip resistant compared with lesser crockery like ironstone and earthenware.
A totally new Doulton mark of a lion’s head has been used on current-day Doulton tableware.
Its date of introduction is uncertain, but it is likely the mark reflects the 1993 transition from Doulton as a Pearson Group company to the independently listed Royal Doulton plc.
The reason for the introduction and use of this new mark is not known although it may have been nothing more complex than the need for a smaller mark to fit smaller wares.
From 1928 the earlier ‘standard’ mark with lion, crown and ‘D’ motif was ‘reintroduced’.
May appear without crown on figures with a small base.
BP5 Gold Crown Issued 1989 Used on 6 figures BP6a Small version -Brown Standard size figures.
Backstamps, also called basestamps, are the name, signature or other identifying mark usually found on the bottom of a piece. Royal Doulton figurines can often be dated by adding 27 to the very small number found just right of the Doulton backstamp.
Royal Doulton is identified by a variety of documented backstamps, most of which include some combination of interlocking D's and the words "Doulton" or "Royal Doulton." Very early pieces of Royal Doulton may have backmarks reading "Pinder Bourne & Co" or the initials P. For the collector, Royal Doulton backstamps are interesting to research because it is very unusual to find an unmarked piece.
In about 1930 a new form of the ‘standard’ mark was introduced bearing the words ‘Made in England ‘ above the Royal Doulton name and this mark was used until recent times.
The date numbers referred to above may, or may not, accompany this mark.
The Royal Doulton company is proud of its royal warrant, which was bestowed in 1901.