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The simple rule is that adding 1927 to the number give the year of production.

This second use of the ‘standard’ mark is believed to have continued until about 1936.

By bestowing this royal honor upon the company, King Edward was also giving them the right to be called For almost two centuries Doulton has produced a wide array of different products, often causing confusion among collectors.

The company has used numerous backstamps, marks and logos over the years.

Most probably the mark was applied at the time of decoration when each piece would have been handled individually to apply the painted or transfer printed pattern. The well recognised ‘standard’ Doulton mark or backstamp is that including the ‘lion, crown and roundel’ introduced in 1901 and used in various forms to the 1990s.

From 1901 to 1922 the standard mark appears with the words ‘Royal Doulton’ and ‘England’.

The date numbers referred to above also accompany this mark and for the period from about 1930 to 1936 examples of both marks can be found.

Many seasoned collectors consider their identification and price guide an invaluable reference and refer to it often.

Just as there are many different types of Royal Doulton products, there are also different kinds of price guides.

Virtually all Doulton tableware has a black printed Doulton ‘mark’ or ‘backstamp’ applied to the underside of the piece.

The mark was varied from time to time and the table below includes the major marks that appear on tableware manufactured at the Doulton (Burslem) factory (Series Ware and the Lambeth Stonewares often have special marks).

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