Collecting Doulton Lambeth paperweights

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Looking around fairs I am sometimes amused by small curious creations stamped Doulton, the vast majority of which were the creations of Mark V. Marshall. His inspiration for these cannot be put down to one source, but rather he drew from his own imagination and probably Lewis Carroll’s imagination too with his representation of Carroll’s Mock Turtle and Cheshire Cat. In addition to the creations below a more recognisable rabbit can be found together with lizards and other creatures.

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Paperweights and desk accessories were a staple of the Lambeth factory and indeed Tinworth’s mouse on currant bun was so popular it was re-issued in 1913 to mark his death. I have in my own collection a bizarre Cararra advertising paperweight too. The possibilities as we all know with Doulton, are as always endless.

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