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Royal Doulton

Royal Doulton was founded in 1815 by John Doulton who at that time, produced stoneware for a small pottery in Lambeth, South London.

In 1875, John's son Henry built up the business and moved it to Stoke-on-Trent.

In 1884, the company started producing bone china, including figurines, vases and decorative pieces inspired by George Tinworth, John Slater and Charles J Noke.

In 1901, King Edward VII was so impressed with the quality of Doulton's tableware that he permitted the company to use the prefix 'Royal' and awarded them the Royal Warrant.

The Pretty Lady figurines were produced in 1913 by designer Charles Noke. Soon after that, they started making ceramic character jugs which are still collectors items today.

In 1934, Sister Mary Barbara Vernon (the factory manager's daughter) designed the first Bunnykins character that stole everyone's hearts. The Bunnykins collection is still sold and very popular.

In 1960, Royal Doulton produced the first ever English Translucent China (ETC), better known as Fine China. From this achievement, Royal Doulton earned the Queen's award for Technical Achievement in 1966.

Royal Doulton now sells, not only bone china and fine china, but also crystal, glass and gifts for all occasions. Their attention to detail combined with their rich heritage, established the name Royal Doulton as a world class manufacturer of premium ceramics and glass.

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