About Royal Doulton
As evidenced by the name, Royal Doulton enjoys the distinction of a "Royal Warrant" -- a mark of distinction bestowed upon people or companies who have regularly supplied members of the Royal Family with goods or services. Royal Warrants, regarded as a mark of supreme excellence and quality, cannot be bought or sold.
King Edward awarded the first Royal Warrant to Royal Doulton in 1901. The Doulton Company then became The Royal Doulton Company. Presently, the Royal Doulton brand holds two Royal Warrants, the Royal Albert brand holds two Royal Warrants and the Minton brand holds one.
Old Country Roses by Royal Albert
Royal Albert's "Old Country Roses" bone china tableware pattern is the best selling dinnerware pattern in the world -- having sold more than 150 million pieces since its introduction in 1962. Royal Doulton's archives give the business and its designers access to some 10,000 watercolors dating right back to 1815.