Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers - Izaak Walton

 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Spitoon D2704

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Spittoon / Cuspidor; D2312
production era 1905 to 1910
Royal Doulton introduced the Gallant Fishers series in 1905 and it was in production right up until the 1950’s. This series was made on a multitude of shapes with over its 50 years of production and with 16 unique characters that appear with 14 different quotations the range and variety is almost limitless. 
Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jug - Izaak WaltonRoyal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jug
Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jugs ( shape name unkown); D.2704
 Gallant Fishers was produced under ten pattern numbers; nine "D" prefixed number for earthen ware and one "E" prefixed number for Bone China.
 D2312  issued cira  1905

D2420  "                " 1905

D2517  "                " 1906

D2704  "                " 1965

D3169  "                " 1909

D3680  "                " 1913

D5497D "               " 1905

D5959  "                " 1938

D5961  "                " 1938

 

E3923  "                " 1905

 

The Borders

 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jedo Plate
Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jedo Plate: D2420
date coded November 1905
Gallant Fishers was produced with two distinctive borders. The Jedo border is an elaborate brocade affair that harps back to the Victorian Era. It is most often found on rack plates, but I have also seen it bowls.
 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jedo Border
The background is airbrushed in green to give the scene depth, a fore ground, the horizon and then a line of shrubbery. Most of the Jedo rack plates I have had are dated coded to 1906 and have the pattern number D2420. There is also a Doulton Burslem Jedo makers’ mark.
 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Rack Plate - Izaac Walton
 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Plate - Willow Border
D2704; date coded for June 1930 
 By far the most common border is the Willow Tree border. This appears to come in two styles a dark colour or in a light green. The pattern comes on three grounds, the Jedo ground, a plain cream ground and a cream ground shaded with green up from the base.
Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jedo Mark
Doulton Burslem Jedo makers’ mark; the plate this was taken from was date coded November 1906. As far as I was aware this mark was not used after 1902, it would seem that we still have more to discover. 
Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers - Isaac Walton Ware
Royal Doulton produced a special Isaac Walton Ware back stamp for Gallant Fishers. There are two variations of this mark. The earliest is the mark above. This appears on items produced from 1905. The example below with the “Made In England” above and “England” below is later and would date to the early 1930’s.
 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers - Izaac Walton Ware Maker's Mark
All the rack plates that we are aware of with the light green willow border (pattern D2704)  have this mark; and on those examples that are dated they all date between 1930 and 1933.      
  Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Dish - pattern D5497D
 This Tab Handle Bonbon Dish (shape 8051B) is an example of a little known variation to Gallant Fishers. Note how the bright colours’ of the Fisherman’s clothes are and the gold rim strip. On all the examples of this particular variation were we have been able to identify the pattern number it is D5497D.  Example of D5497D with date codes were manufactured in 1949.   
 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Coat Colours
This collage shows six colour variations of character 1, the three examples at the top are the standard variations, while the three at the bottom are the 1949 variation. 
 

The Quotations

 There are 14 different quotes that either appear on there own or together.

1.    "The jealous trout that now did lie ose at a well dissembled fly."

2.    "There stood my friend with patient skill ttending of his trembling quill."

3.    "Of recreation this is none so free is fishing is alone"

4.    "All other pastimes do no less, than mind and body both possess."

5.    "My hand alone my work can do, so I can fish and study too."

6.    "And when the timorous trout I wait to take, and he devours my bait."

7.    "I care not I to fish in seas, resh rivers best my mind do please"

8.     "But yet though while I fish I fast, I make good fortune my repast"

9.     "Friend who is more welcome to my dish, than to my angle was my fish"

10.    "Where in a brook with a hook, r a lake fish we take"

11.    "None do here, use to swear, oaths do fray. Fish away"

12.    "Perch or Pike, Roach or Dace, WE do chase"

13.    "Oh the gallant fishers life is the best of any"

14.    "Behold the fisherman, he riseth up early"

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers - Izaac Walton Jug

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Jug; D2312

The Characters

As Defined by Louise Irvine
 

1.    Man with wooden leg

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 1
 

 

2.   Front view of man with one hand in pocket,

the other holding the rod vertical

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 2
 
 
 

 3.    Profile of man in spectacles grasping a fish

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 3
 
 
 

4.    Profile of man  in spectacles with rod under left arm

and hand in pocket

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 4
 
 
 

 5.    Profile of man in spectacles examining his rod and line

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 5
 
 
 
 

 6.    Profile of man in pointed hat with rod over right shoulder and bag in hand

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 6
 
 
 

7.    Profile of man with head facing outwards

and rod over right shoulder

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 7
 
 
 

8.    Profile of man with large flat hat

and rod over left shoulder

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 8
 
 
 
 

9.    Profile of man with pointed hat

and rod over left shoulder

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 9
 
 
 

10.    Profile of man in short cape

and rod over left shoulder

 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 10
 
 
 

 11.    Back view with rod over left shoulder

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 11
 
 
 

 

12.    Profile of man with rod under right arm

examining his hook

 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 12

 
 
 

 

13.    Three quarter view man with cane

and rod over left  shoulder

 Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 13

 
 

 

Previously Unamed Scenes

Named by Mary of Majorie Jones Memorial Collection  
 

14.   “Profile man with pointed hat, wide sloping brim

and rod over left shoulder”

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 14
 
 
 

15.   “Profile man with head facing outwards with large flat hat and rod over left shoulder”

Royal Doulton Gallant Fishers Scene 15 
 
 
 
 

 16.   “Profile man with head facing forwards, hat tipped back and rod over right shoulder”

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