Dating carlton ware marks

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Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them.

The RA numbers are mostly hand-written and accompany the standard Doulton marks.

To help date Carlton Ware you need to look at the Carlton Ware (or W&R) back-stamp or logo, the pattern number (usually hand painted) on the base and the impressed number on the base.

Sometimes the pattern numbers and the impressed numbers are not present or are very difficult to read.

Doulton continued, intially, to use the base marks of PINDER BOURNE & CO and/or the initials P. Together with some additional hints that may help with dating your Doulton pottery, porcelain and stoneware. The figurine was therefore produced in 1937 The following numbers indicate the approximate date range or period when the marked item was first introduced.

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.

This page covers the period just after James Wiltshaw and the Robinson’s parted company.

With James Wiltshaw now in control he employed a new Art Director that would lead W&R out of the shadow of From 1916 the pattern number system flows clearly and cleanly through to the 1960’s.

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Items produced pre 1940 more often than not have the pattern number written by hand in black ink on the base of the item.

If you have a four digit W&R or Carlton ware pattern number and do not know the pattern it is issued against.

Put the number into the Nicholnack search engine located in the top right hand corner of any page of the web site and if I have a record of the number you will be taken to the page where the record is, you may have to scroll down the page to find the reference.

In the later years the pattern number was written on a paper sticker attached to the bottom and often this has been removed!

Everybody knows Carlton Ware; I hale from New Zealand and it is as popular across the Tasman as it is here in Aussie, but it does not stop there.

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