Other devices occur incorporating the name of the pattern. This mark, adapted from a similar Lambeth mark incorporating a device of four interlocking D's was introduced c. An adaptation of B.4 used on the Holbein Wares mainly between 18.
1886 to mark the appointment of Henry Doulton as 'Potter to H. A simplified version showing only the coronet on a flat base and the word DOULTON was also used.
Under the right circumstances however, you can determine a lot about the figure such as its age and designer or painter.
This mark is still used on fine earthenware products such as Character Jugs.That number indicates the number of years following 1927 that that figurine was produced.Simply add the number to 1927 to determine the year of manufacture.While the date tends to be that that the mould was produced, and not when the figure itself was made, moulds wore out quickly, and so this is actually a good indicator of the age of the piece.So as you can see, there is some guesswork and estimation involved - we don't have the space to go into detail about what all the cryptic marks could possibly mean.