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03/08/18



 Dear Donna,

I have a figurine and I was wondering if you might help me with a value on it. It is marked Royal Doulton. Thank you for any help.
Shannon from Manchester 
 
Dear Shannon, 
 
The history of The Royal Doulton goes back to the 1800s when it was first called just Doulton; in the 1900s it switched to The Royal Doulton. The history of the company and how it started is very interesting to read if you like research books or can Google it. Today another company owns the rights to it, so the marks are different. 
Yours has a mark from the 1960s, and is called Bluebeard. The company made lots of figurines and dishware and more. It’s known for its quality even now. The older pieces, however, are the ones that have value to collectors. Years ago, before the internet, it was harder to find figurines, and when you did they were expensive, but now you are just a finger click away from finding any one of them online. 
This is a great asset to have but it also makes things so easy that it has driven the prices down, not just on figurines such as yours but on some other things as well. Some Royal Doulton figurines that used to sell for anywhere from $200 to $1,000 now can easily be bought for half the price (if not less). Remember this is because they were mass produced so when you have a large network for shopping for them and can easily find them, the demand goes down and so do the prices.
I would say your figurine has a value  of $100 in today’s market.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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