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Many pieces fortunately carry in addition to trade-mark and pattern number an impressed or printed indication of when they were made. The printed dates are usually indicated by Code Numbers beginning with and up to .
A simple way of calculating the date is to add the number in question to 1927.
RA-1 is repeated twice and it should be noted that the re-setting of the number marries up with the new Doulton lion and crown mark. are many and varied as Doulton marked their wares from the very start.
The extensive range of Doulton products meant a reasonably complex set of marks and way of marking was required.
Hand-painted, and largely hand-painted, wares designed and decorated by Robert Allen and artists in his studios, were often given RA-numbers, written by hand, in addition to the usual trade-mark and any other number.
Unfortunately many of the record books giving details are missing, but despite this what is available is interesting as giving some idea when pieces so numbered were designed.
The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme.
On smaller wares, only the bottom half of this mark (i.e. Although B.8 was generally used between 19 B.7 is occasionally found on wares made during these years.Robert Allen handpainted wares were never produced in large quantities and many were never repeated.The dates given below give a close approximation of when the designs were produced.This mark is still used on fine earthenware products such as Character Jugs.
This is the same as 13.9 except for the addition of the words BONE CHINA.
It was in use for all Fine Bone China products between 19 and is still used today on figures, animal models and other non-tableware Bone China products. piece with B.7 for example, will have been made before 1927 and probably before 1922.