Dating royal doulton pottery
In the absence of an impressed date code the pattern number is a useful indication to the production era.
There are 8 pattern numbers assigned to Dickens Ware:- D.2973 was introduced in 1908 D.3020 “ ” 1908D.4030 “ ” 1918 D.4069 “ ” 1918 D.5175 “ ” 1931D.5862 “ ” 1937D.6327 “ ” 1951 If the item does not have a pattern number there is no need to disappear as the production era can be ascertained by the variation in the colour-way and minor variations in the actual Dickens Ware maker's mark.
1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1952 era colour-way This is the second version of Mark Tapley, it is the scarcer of the two versions.
"Master John Dawkins, the Artful Dodger: prince of prigs and downiest of pick-pockets, with his snub-nose, his dirty face, and his loftily expressed contempt for 'beaks' and others set in authority over him." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way date coded July 1937 "Fagin, the sordid, the vile.
This novel is autobiographical and was supposed to have been Dickens favorite work.
"Uriah Heep, red-hearted ' Ury': distilling the gospel of 'umbleness' at every pore, and fawning on hands that later shall feel his teeth." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way "Barkis, the carrier, stolid of feature as of mind: Barkis, the slow and sure, and 'a it near,' who achieved immortality by simpy announcing the fact of his being "willin'." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way "Dan'l Peggotty, the sturdy Yarmouth boatman; prematurely aged and broken-hearted by the dishonour and flight of Little Em'ly, yet with a fine, simple faith in her ultimate recovery and redemption." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way "Micawber, the ever hopeful, the ever-confident, the ever-expectant of something in the turning-up line; with his portentous gentility and his infinite capacity for writing letters." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way 1951 to late 1950's Oliver Twist was published serially between 18.
This next mark comes off a Vase with the number D.5175.
You will note it varies slightly from the first mark.Often the date is impressed into the base, this is especially so for items where the base is a large flat expanse.These are the techniques I employ to determine the production era when an item is not dated.Brimful of good nature is Mr Pickwick: a little stubborn at times, aye, intensely stubborm; yet with a romatic heart and a disposition positively overflowing with the milk of human kindness." ; ruminative philosopher and Nemesis to the rum-soaked Stiggins." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way 1951 to late 50's era colour-way "Sam Weller, faithfullest of retainers. Calm amid the wildest tumult; undismayed facing the most extravagant odds; imperturbable when patronised by the most dignified of gentleman's gentleman." 1908 to 1931 era colour-way 1931 to 1951 era colour-way 1951 to late 1959's era colour-way "The Fat Boy still slumbers, despite the loudly renewed calls of Jolly Old Wardle: slumbers placidly and stolidly and in any position.