The Doulton & Co Ltd earthenware and bone china tableware produced at the Nile St,
Burslem, factory from 1882 to 2005 is appreciated for its artistic qualities and
is widely collected.
Ascertaining the date of production of a piece is integral to its collectability
and marketability and can be achieved in a number of ways. The form and style of
decoration give a first clue to the age of a domestic ceramic, but the Doulton marks
and various other dating conventions usually allow a more accurate date to be placed
on a particular piece.
Caution is necessary, however as can be appreciated in the example below.
Even taking into account sometimes conflicting information, relatively accurate dating
can be achieved with attention to the following clues:
No piece will have all of these clues, but one or more will usually be present
This is Doulton’s ‘Pansy’ earthenware pattern D4049.
On this particular piece there are three items of date information - the Registered
Design number, the pattern number and the Doulton backstamp.
The Registered Design number (597783) was issued in 1912, for the popular octagonal
The hand-painted pattern number ‘D4049’ is for the ‘Pansy pattern and was entered
into the Doulton pattern book in 1919.
The backstamp is that used between 1923 and 1928
In this case the Doulton mark is the best guide to the date of manufacture - the
period from 1923-1928.
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More accurate dates can only be found by analysis of marks that have unambiguous
date information such as date numerals, date cyphers or pattern numbers and names.
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