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Royal Doulton Backstamps & Marks
Identification by the use of Backstamps provides useful, if not important data to the serious
collector. The following Backstamps provide a useful resource when identifying Royal Doulton
Doulton Lambeth Backstamps
Royal Doulton Backstamps
Introduced c.1882. After 1891 the word "England" was added underneath, as in the
example below. Discontinued in 1902.
1879 - 1902: Adapted from a similar Lambeth mark which incorporates a device
of four interlocking "D's". Introduced c. 1882. After 1891, the word "England" was added
beneath. Continued until 1902.
1885 - 1902: Coronet added c. 1886 marking the appointment of Henry Doulton as
Potter to His Royal Highness King Edward VI. England added beneath 1891. Used on more
expensive earthen wares and bone china. Variations do exist. This mark continue in use
until 1902. A simplified version showing only the coronet on a flat base and the words
DOULTON was also used.
Royal Doulton Backstamps:
In 1872, the "Royal Doulton" mark was used on all wares from the company. The Royal
Doulton mark has been used since 1902 and is still in production today. In 1912-13,
Charles Noke launched a new group of Royal Doulton figures. The first figure was named
"Darling", HN1, in honor of Queen Mary who visited the factory and proclaimed "isn't he
Beginning in 1913, a HN number was used on all wares. This HN number refers to artist/
designer Harry Nixon of Royal Doulton. Harry Nixon was an artist in charge of painting
the figures. Other artists included John Sparkes, George Tinsworth, Arthur Barlow,
Hannah Barlow, Florence Barlow and Agnete Hoy among others. The HN numbers were
chronological until 1940, after which time blocks of numbers were assigned to each
modeler of figures. From 1928 to 1954, a small number was placed to the right of the
crown's mark on all items made between those years. This number (the one at the right
of the crown's mark) when added to the year 1927 will give the year of manufacture.
1928 - 1959 Used on fine bone china. Still in use today, except for tableware.
Marks are not of much use in dating, as careful use and record keeping was lacking.
1922 - 1956 Impressed or printed mark on Doulton Ware.
1882 - 1912 Devices incorporating the name of the pattern "Rouen" -
Crown used c. 1886
Used on "Kew" Pattern table ware.
1895 - 1903 - 1915 Used on Holbein Wares. Dating is not accurate.
1885 - 1939 The Slater - Doulton patent was used on Chine` and Chine`-
gilt wares. The process involved the use of Linen to impress clay and decorate with
glazes and gilt.
Many Series Ware patterns have their own special back-
stamps. Two typical designs are illustrated.
A special mark used on "Morrisian" ware dedicated to the Morrisian
A special mark used on early small Flambe` wares.
1925 - 1940 Chang script mark. C.J. Noke's signature and Harry
Mark used on "Bunnykins" nursery ware.
c. 1916 - 1933 "Titanian" wares for small items.
c. 1930 - 1942 "Brangwyn" wares.
Chinese Jade script mark. C.J. Noke's signature
and Harry Nixon's monogram.
1902 - 1956 c.1960 - present
Note the differences between the two. Left: The curved lines between
"Royal Doulton" and "England" are longer. Right: The curved lines
between "Royal Doulton" and "England" are shorter.
Note: Dating of many items of Royal Doulton is not possible,
since the factory used no systematic marking system to indicate the year
1902 and later ----"Royal Doulton"
1891 and later ---- "England"
1930 and later (some exceptions) -- "Made in England"
The "HN" system of numbering figurinese was devised by Harry Nixon and still
in use today.
Dating Figurines by Backstamps
The old rule of thumb in dating figurines is by adding 27 to the small and hardly
visable number to the right of the doulton backstamp in the photo below of the
figurine, 27 + 10 = 37. The figurine was therefore produced in 1937
New To Us:
Thought you would want to know what I found out about the back stamp. I sent a copy
to Louise Irvine and she sent me a copy from a magazine. It said the stamp was only used
from 1901 to 1902 while they where waiting for approval of the Royal warrant and seems
to be only found on a few pieces of series ware.
Our thanks goes out to Jim & also Louise Irvine
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