Posted 5 years ago
I just received this item today--it's still kind of dusty and dirty! I bought it on eBay, and I'm not sure if I got a great buy or a fake! It was described as Royal Doulton, but--ready for this? It's clearly marked "DOYAL DOULTON"! I was told it's from the '20s or 30s, and it definitely looks old. The leather/rubber washer on the lid is dried-out looking, and the chrome plating on the metal part is sort of flaking, but otherwise it's in great condition; no chips, cracks, or crazing. It portrays the classic "bucolic scene", with a farmer gazing across his land, leaning on a fence,cows, sheep (?), a church spire in the distance, and a windmill, too. It looks totally, utterly Arts & Crafts. I saw another very similar one online, with a fall leaf design, but it said "Royal", and the seller didn't know anything about the "Doyal" thing. His had the same patent number, but on the bottom. I haven't contacted the seller yet, because I don't know whether to be ecstatic or disgruntled. I do really love it. I felt very extravagant paying $76.19 total for it, but I had to beat some other would-be buyers to it, so apparently THEY thought it was desirable, too. Inside the lid, "A" was scratched into the clay, and on the bottom someone scratched "WB", and it's stamped "8468". It's 6.5" tall, and 5.25" across. The patent number on the metal part is "No 194168". And no, I don't smoke. So, what do you think? I haven't had any luck looking it up online. There are a few items that come up when I search; some are listed on eBay as "Doyal", but when I check, they say "Royal"! Is it a good thing if it says "Doyal", or the opposite? Thanks!