These hand-painted wares were not reproduced in great quantities and some items bearing RA-numbers would probably never have been repeated.
The dates below are when the books containing the designs recorded in each were purchased.
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.
By this time, of course, the lion and crown badge was in use so there need be no confusion.
The RA-numbering was continued for several years after Allen had retired.
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.
Various special marks will be found on figures, Character Jugs, animal models, Series Wares, Titanian, Morrisian, Flamb? These, by themselves, are not of much help for the purpose of dating but fortunately they are usually in addition to the standard trade-mark in use at the time, e.g. Pattern numbers, Registration numbers and artists' signatures can also help to indicate the period of production.
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.
Within ten years he had enlarged the factory three times, built a china works, taken on the largest and most gifted group of artists in the Potteries, and developed for Doulton a reputation for craftsmanship and artistry still identified with Royal Doulton today. The following are two typical examples found on the patterns Rouen and Kew. The printed or impressed word HOLBEIN is also found on some examples of this particular ware.