The Mystery Of Royal Doulton Cyphers – Solved!

 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.
Royal Doulton introduced cyphers in 1998 to indicate the year the figurine was manufactured.
The cyphers used to date are as follows:
2013 Darling
2012 Rose, Buttercup, Marigold . . .
2011 Unicorn
2010 Sir Henry Doulton
2009 Angel
2008 Four Interlocking D’s.
This Double D’s symbol designed by Robert and Mary Hoogstraat, was the winning entry in the 2008 Royal Doulton Cypher competition held by the Royal Doulton International Collectors Club (RDICC) during the last quarter of 2007. The four interlocking D’s indicate the 2008 year of manufacture.
Michael Doulton at times, albeit misguidedly, refers to the cypher as the four D’s, representing the four founding Doulton’s.
2007 Lion
2006 Crown
2005 Portrait Sir Henry Doulton
2004 Bottle Kilnor Oven
2003 Gloves
2002 Boot
2001 Waistcoat
2000 Fob watch with Logo Millennium 2000
1999 Top Hat, as worn by Sir Henry Doulton
1998 Umbrella
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The Fortune Teller – My Royal Doulton Character Jug Of The Month – July 2013



This is the second version of The Fortune Teller character jug by Royal Doulton – this version was issued in 1991 and was also jug of the year.  The detail on this Royal Doulton jug is just phenomenal and the more you study the jug, the more detail you find, it truly is a wonderful character jug and a treasured piece in my collection.

– A little more on fortune telling courtesy of wikipedia:

‘Fortune-telling is the practice of predicting information about a person’s life. The scope of fortune-telling is in principle identical with the practice of divination. The difference is that divination is the term used for predictions considered part of a religious ritual, invoking deities or spirits, while the term fortune-telling implies a less serious or formal setting, even one ofpopular culture, where belief in occult workings behind the prediction is less prominent than the concept of suggestion, spiritual or practical advisory or affirmation.

Historically, fortune-telling grows out of folkloristic reception of Renaissance magic, specifically associated with Romani people. During the 19th and 20th century, methods of divination from non-Western cultures, such as the I Ching, were also adopted as methods of fortune-telling in western popular culture.

An example of divination or fortune-telling as purely an item of pop culture, with little or no vestiges of belief in the occult, would be the Magic 8-Ball sold as a toy by Mattel, or Paul II, a cephalopod of the Sea Life Aquarium at Oberhausen used to predict the outcome of matches played by the German national football team.[1]

There is opposition against fortune-telling in Christianity and Judaism based on biblical prohibitions against divination. This sometimes causes discord in the Jewish community due to their views on mysticism.’



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