Dating royal albert backstamps

As a self-confessed china geek, one of the first things I do when I pick up a teacup is turn it over to look underneath.

I do this mainly when out shopping, but I have been known to sneak a quick peek on the underside of a teacup when drinking tea at a cafe, hoping that no-one spots me and wonders what on earth I’m doing!

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The third Lladro mark was changed to a blue backstamp which featured the now famous Lladro bellflower. The missing accent over the letter "o" was intentional.

The hallmark establishes the company who made the china and sometimes even the year that the china was produced.

Some pottery companies changed the hallmark slightly with each new product line or included pattern names, country of origin, artist's initials or other identifiers that can help you identify the manufacturer.

There is an old rule of thumb for dating Doulton figurines; where you add 27 to the small and hardly visable number to the right of the Doulton backstamp. That is not to say that your item was produced in that year but simply that the year indicated is the earliest the piece could have been produced.

The Doulton marks are many and varied but most follow the same theme.

Dating Royal Doulton products from their Doulton marks means you sometimes have to check very carefully.

(Apple F for Macs) A box will pop up and you can enter the search term.

If you are looking for Lladro, for example, type that in the box and it will bring you to the spot on the page.

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