It will be noted that in the book numbered 26, the pattern numbers begin again with RA-1.By this time, of course, the lion and crown badge was in use so there need be no confusion.The following numbers indicate the approximate periods during which the patterns so marked were first introduced.It must be kept in mind that some patterns remained in production and usually kept the same number for many years.The trade-marks were, however, changed several times between the 1880s and now, and these can help to establish the period of production.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.Various special marks will be found on figures, Character Jugs, animal models, Series Wares, Titanian, Morrisian, Flamb? These, by themselves, are not of much help for the purpose of dating but fortunately they are usually in addition to the standard trade-mark in use at the time, e.g. Pattern numbers, Registration numbers and artists' signatures can also help to indicate the period of production.A few examples of special marks are given below: Detailed descriptions of figures, Character Jugs and Toby Jugs, with dates of introduction and (where applicable) of withdrawal, will be found in the publications Royal Doulton Figures and Royal Doulton Character and Toby Jugs (see back page).
Several of these were adopted after 1882 by Doulton and remained in use for about twenty years. Occasionally found also between 19 along with B.7 but the later Holbein Wares were not always specifically marked.
Other devices occur incorporating the name of the pattern. This mark, adapted from a similar Lambeth mark incorporating a device of four interlocking D's was introduced c. An adaptation of B.4 used on the Holbein Wares mainly between 18.
1886 to mark the appointment of Henry Doulton as 'Potter to H. A simplified version showing only the coronet on a flat base and the word DOULTON was also used.
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