Doulton used both its own artists and external studios to produce the hundreds of
patterns required to satisfy the public and the design studio of Robert Allen produced
and executed hundreds of patterns for Doulton. These ‘Ra’ pattern numbers also date
the ware and a key to the Ra-numbers is given in the table.
Note that the numbers were re-based to 1 in January 1924.
Doulton bone china trio
This attractive trio has the Robert Allen number ‘Ra 9769’, corresponding to the
There is also the Doulton pattern number ‘H 1682’ which was placed in the pattern
book in 1923.
In addition to Robert Allen, some other Doulton artists added personal pattern numbers
to the wares they decorated. ‘HB’ numbers, hand painted on the base of tableware
probably refer to Herbert Betteley, an artist at Doulton in the late-19th and early
20th centuries. I have discovered no key to the ‘HB numbers, and there may be other
pattern designers/artists who did the same.