Today the Royal Doulton brand is part of the Waterford Wedgwood Group, and is operating as part of Doulton mome. Whether this was due to the evolutionary status of the company, with name changes or expansions in the form of subsidiaries.

The Doulton Home has three major brands under its control: The Doulton based trademarks have gone through several iterations, just like the Goebel’s, M. Different Doulton trademarks can be found on their works, allowing us to further narrow down the time period a piece may be from.

If like me, you’ve often wondered what the different cyphers printed on the base of your figurines means, I am happy to tell you that after making many enquiries, I have finally managed to solve the mystery.

A particularly attractively decorated Doulton Lambeth stoneware mug 1880 with silver mount 1881.

Incised stylised foliate design in tonal blues on a finely decorated ground with raised beading. Very lovely example of Royal Doulton's "Natural Foliage Ware" by Florrie Jones c1905.

Tango pattern number examples: To insure that production demands were met, the Doulton brand outsourced production to other artists and studios.

Some of these artists and studios simply signed their works, others such as Robert Allen Design Studio added their own pattern codes alongside the Doulton Pattern codes.

Classic baluster-form footed vase with everted rim.

Attractively coloured stippled ground onto which real leaves were arranged ...Aside from their special/limited releases and short lived product ranges.The Doulton family business was so well known for their quality of work, that external interests commissioned the company to make their products for them.The appearance of the company name and how it is used on a piece, can be a helpful indicator to identify the decade the piece could be from.The names that you can look out for are: For the complete guide on the history and humble beginnings of the Doulton family business, please read our article The History of Royal Doulton.The trademark was either placed beside the other company’s trademark, or more often then not, a new trademark was designed around the Royal Doulton’s trademark.