Category Archives: miniatures

Collecting Doulton Lambeth miniatures.


No other area of Doulton offers more scope than the collecting of miniatures and Doulton’s Lambeth factory created the lion’s share of these miniatures.
Not including cruets, bird feeders, advertising items, inkwells, teawares and many other lines that were produced in a small scale, as you can see above there are numerous vases, flasks, containers, whimsies and other items that can be found in miniature.

Doulton’s famous Huntingwares, produced over many decades, are perhaps the most easily found but again many subtle variations exist. Brown, green, blue and metallic glazes can be found decorating them as in the picture below.

These items can be found with silver or plated silver mounts in a variety of shapes.
Other such applied patterns can also be found if you have a keen eye including a Willow design and the rare Naval reliefs.
Many of these miniatures were perfume bottles. Here on the left is one such example for the old London department store Jason Shoolbred & Co and these were stamped as such to their bases.


Naturally many typical art wares can be found in miniature like the vases and ewer above and there are some examples above including the Mark Marshall rabbit paperweight, again pictured above.

Other lines containing miniatures are the simulated wares such as blackjacks and also the many commemorative wares produced to mark events over the years. A particular favourite are the Nelson miniatures!

Perhaps you too collect miniatures, if so why not share a photograph on our Doulton Collectors Group Facebook page!

Collecting Royal Doulton M series figures

It has been a while since any new light was shed on Doulton’s first set of miniatures, so I thought it time to address this!


A page from a catalogue from 1933.

Collectors always looking for the unusual will be pleased to see these original boxes for the M series. They are all typically Art Deco in decoration and there appears to be just three styles of decoration. These little boxes were included in the advertising for the M series as a selling point yet very few exist today, unfortunately!


A group of original boxes in two of the three designs used.


Chloe sitting in her original packaging within her box.

Whilst miniatures offer collectors the opportunity to collect even more figures due to their size, collectors around the world do specialise in just these figures. Like their larger counterparts occasionally colourways turn up and of course like all figures some are more sought after than others.


A striking version of the miniature Polly Peachum

This area of collecting really does offer us bargains as more common figures such as the Paisley Shawl for example are relatively inexpensive at the moment. Yet the quality so typical of Doulton figures is echoed in this range with their miniature faces and exquisite decoration. Even in their hey day Doulton advertised them as being of ‘diminuative’ price too!


The Paisley Shawl next to her original box and complete with original sticker.

Doulton’s range of M figures were available mounted on calendars, pen holders, pin trays… The list is endless! However, the top London jewellers such as Asprey had them mounted with sterling silver fittings and these top make pieces are the most popular today.


A quality desk calendar with another Polly Peachum.

Whatever your tastes and needs, as always Doulton had something for everyone and thus established a strong buying base with collectors around the world. As Henry Doulton once said it was easier to sell something expensive but of better quality than something cheaper and of lesser quality!


And finally a recent find, looking very smart the Crinoline Lady atop a pin dish.

So why not start a collection of these charming miniature figures and have fun deciding how to display them yourselves!