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 Royal Doulton Coaching Days

 Royal Doulton Coaching Days

The Royal Doulton Coaching Days series is an all time classic. It was designed by the noted cartoonist and illustrator Victor Venner; introduced in 1905 and was in production until 1955. It has all the attributes that set it amongst the collectable giants. It was in production a long time, there were stacks of it produced in an almost limitless range of shapes, including both Bone China and Earthen Ware.

Coaching Days was produced in four background styles, or colour-ways. The standard background is yellow & brown, the yellow forms the ground and a strip of brown shading is used to indicate the bush in the background. This ground was quickly applied with an air brush and then the transfer was applied over the top. This ground is used on both bone china and earthen ware.

 

Royal Doulton Coaching Days

Coaching Days rack Plate; Yellow Ground; dated January 1937

 

The blue sky ground is hard to find, most often it is on a bone china base, but there are some 10.5" rack plates on an earthen ware base. This ground is also applied by air brush, only with more detail; the road is a sandy brown with shading to give a suggestion of shadows under the characters, horses and the coach. The foreground is a green forming a green verge to the side of the road and giving the scene more depth. The bush behind the coach is green with shading to add depth and the sky is a summer blue with billowing clouds.

 

Royal Doulton Coachin Days Blue Sky

 Coaching Days Bone China Rack Plate; Blue Sky; pattern number E.2768; dated July 1926

 

The “Snow Ground” is rare and appears on both earthern ware and a bone china base. The true snow ground takes two forms, in one the horse and coach is struggling through a blizzard, sometimes the artist has applied so much falling snow that it almost appears to be in white out conditions. In the second form of the snow scene the horses, coach and characters appear in snow covered back ground, there is often colour in the sky suggesting either evening or sun shine. The background bush is in the grays and brown of winter. There coach forms deep wheel ruts in the snow and the men's foot prints are clearly visible in the snow.

 

 Royal Doulton Coaching Days Vase Snow Scene

Coaching Days Earthern Ware Rack Plate; Snow Scene; D2682

 

From time to time I have seen examples of Snow Ground put forward that I do not feel that these are true snow ground examples. On the bone china examples there is definition to the snow, where on these earthen ware examples there is no definition, it is my belief that these are just production variation where less colour has been applied, as with this biscuit barrel below.

Royal Coaching Days Biscuit Barrel - Snow Scene? 

 

The forth background style is extremely rare. The scene is depicted in the full glorious flush of sunset. There is a lot of detail to the back ground, I believe that this would version would have been also done by air brush, but it would have been a very slow and laborious task. I have only seen an occasional example of the sunset colour-way and to date I have never owned a piece. I must thank the collector who supplied me with this photo.

 

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Bone China Vase - Sunset Ground
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 Coaching Days Bone China Vase Sunset Colours; E3407

 

My favorite scene is the Royal Mail Coach pursued by armed and masked highway men. I love the goose and the hare hanging from the back of the coach, at the risk of being ridiculous, could you imagine a bus on an interstate run pulling into a capital city Bus terminal with an Emu and a Kangaroo hanging from the back

.Royal Doulton Coaching Days - The Out Rider

Royal Doulton Coaching Days - Bone Chian Pie Dish

New Scene - "The Out Rider"

 

Dating Coaching Days

This series was in production for 50 years, so there are range of tools we can use to determine an exact production date or at least the production era. An impressed date code give us the month and the year and on bone china it some times even gives the exact day. The small numeral just to the left of the crown in the maker’s mark gives us the year, add the number to 27 and you have the year. Mark below left – note the 15 beside the crown – denotes 1942. Also not the large “A” to the right of the crown – this was introduced by British Government in 1942 and it is to do with War time restrictions, I am not  sure the exact year it was phased out, but circa 1952”.

Royal Doulton Post 1942 Mark 

This mark is the standard mark that was in use from 1932 until 1942.

 

Royal Doulton 1932 - 1942 Mark 

The third mark was in use from 1902 until 1932.

Royal Doulton 1902 - 1932 mark 

I have only seen this DoultonBurslem mark used on one example of Coaching Days. On occasions I have seen other series ware items with a date code of 1905 with this mark also. This mark came from the base of an earthen ware Pelican Powder Box. I would hazard as a guess that this box would have been produced in 1905.

Royal Doulton Burslem Maker's Mark

 

Pattern numbers are very useful for setting the date when a pattern was first produced, “D” pattern numbers are for Earthen Ware, “E” pattern numbers are for Bone China :-

D.2356 was introduced circa 1905
D.2579 “                           ”1906
D.2682 “                           ”1906
D.2716 “                           ”1906
D.3474 “                           ”1911
D.4190 “                           ”1921
D.4891 “                           ”1929

E.2768 “                           ”1905
E.3407 “                           ”1905
E.3804 “                           ”1906

E.5082 “                            ”1909
E.5083 “                            ”1909

I will use Louise Irvines scene descriptions from page 52 of volume 2 of Royal Doulton Series Ware for the first 20 scenes. The descriptions of the new scenes and the four different back scenes are mine. I have decided to include an images of both the Earthen Ware and Bone China versions of this pattern and the verious colour-ways as there are minor variations.

The Scenes

As Defined by Louise Irvine

1. “Coach being harnessed, attendant bringing up a pair of horses”.

Earthen Ware

Coaching days Scene 1

 

Earthen Ware - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 1 - Blue Sky Colour-way

 

 

 

2.    “Driver talking to serving wench”.

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 2 

 Image courtesy of Barb from NZ

 

Bone China - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 2

 

 

3.    “Youth holding a front pair of horses”.

Earthen Ware

 Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 3

 

Earthen Ware - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 3 - Blue Sky

 

 

4.    “Innkeeper talking to drivers, attendants boarding.” 

 Earthen Ware
Coaching days Scene 4

 

 Earthen Ware - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Caoching Days on Blue Sky Ground

 R.D. Coaching Days Blue Sky Plate; D.2682

I have only ever seen two examples of scene 4 Blue Sky on an Earthen Ware ground.

Please note: The gent to right of the coach choofing on a pipe. This is the only time I have seen this guy, does anybody else have an exampe of this scene or has anybody ever seen him in any other scenes?

 

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 4 Bone China

 

 

Bone China - Blue Sky

 Royal Doulton Coaching Days - Scene 4 Blue Sky

Image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada


 

5.    “Group of passengers”.

 

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 5 

 

Bone China - Snow Scene

 Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 5

 Image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada

 

 

 6.    “Horn sounding, coach departing, watched by solitary man”.

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days - scene 6 

 

Earthen Ware - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 6 - Blue Sky veriation

Blue Sky Example - dated  February 1907 - D2682

 

 

 7.    “Driver talking to passengers, attendants loading”.

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days - Scene 7 

 The scene above is only a partial, it comes off a biscuit barrel and I could not get the front 2 horese in the frame because of the curve of the barrel.

 

Bone China - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days scene 7 - Blue sky Colour-way 

 Blue Sky Example - E2768 - October 1906

 

 

 8.    “Family waving farewell”.

Earthen Ware
  Royal Doulton Coaching days Scene 8
 
 
 
 
Bone China - Blue Sky

Royal doulton Coaching Days Scene 8 - Blue Sky 

Blue Sky image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada

 

 

 

9.    “Man opening gate for the coach”.

Earthen Ware

   Coaching days Scene 9

 

Bone China - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene - - Bone China

Blue Sky image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada 

 

10.    “Tightening the harness, goose and hare hanging from the coach”. 

Earthen Ware

 Image

 

 

Earthen Ware - Snow Scene

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 10 - snow ground

This example of scene 10 is pattern D.2682

 

 

Bone China - Snow Scene

Image 

Example is E2768 - dated October 1906 

 

 

11.    “Unscheduled stop, trouble with lame horses”. 

Earthen Ware

Coaching days Scene 11

 

 

Earthen Ware - Blue sky

Coaching days Scene 11 - blue sky veriation

Blue Sky Example of scene 11; E.2768; dated July 1926 

 

 

12.    “Coach going up hill, attendants walking”.

Earthen Ware

Coaching days Scene 12

 

 

Bone China - Snow scene

Image

Snow scene image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada

 

 

Bone China - Sunset Colour-way

Image

Sunset coloured ground from a bone china vase with the pattern number E3407

 

 

 

 13.    “Struggling through the snow, extra horses”.

Bone China - Snow Scene

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 13 - Snow Ground

To show the entire scene I have had to show both sides of the vase. I really like the 2 guys walking along behind the spear horses with spades.

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 13 - Snow Ground

 

 

14.    “Coach pursued by highwaymen”.

Earthen Ware

Coaching days Scene 14

 

 

15.    “Boxes being handed to driver.”

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days  Scene 15

 

 

Earthen Ware - Blue sky

Royal Doulton coaching Days Scene 15 - Blue Sky

Image courtesy of David Hamilton

This image came off an Earthern Ware rack plate with the pattern number D2682, it was dated Febuary 1907. This is the first time I have ever seen the character sitting on the baggage.

 

 

Bone China - Blue sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 15 - Bone China 

E2768 - Date coded for May 1907

 

 

16.    “Man with trunk, coach approaching through the snow.”

Earthen Ware
Royal Douloton Coaching Days - Scene 16
 
 
 
 
 

17.    “Coach stopped, broken harness.”

Earthen Ware

 Image

 

Bone China Blue Sky

Image

E2768 - date coded February 1908

 

Bone China - Snow Scene

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 17 Bone China Blue Sky

E2768 - date coded March 1905

Snow scene image courtesy of Ian & Jerome of Calgary in Canada 

 

 

 18.    “Passenger sitting on a trunk, another beside.”

Bone China - Snow Ground
Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 18 - Snow Ground

 

 

 

19.    “Group of passengers, horn sounding.”

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 19Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 19

   Image courtesy of Barb from NZ

 

 

Bone China - Blue Sky 
Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 19Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 19

 

I have put two photos together to show the complete scene; the dog and the end of the horn in each photo is the overlap.
 
 
 

20.    “Gig arriving with passengers”

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 20

 

 

Bone China - Blue Sky

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene 20 - Blue Sky

 

The New Scenes

As Defined by Nicholnack

 

"The Deul"

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching  Days

Image supplied by Christopher Evans

 

 

"The Out Rider"

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching  Days  -  The Out Rider

 

 

"Yokel giving pasenger directions"

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days - Yokel giving pasenger directions

 

 

"Driver talks to Innkeeper & Maid"

Earthen Ware

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene - Driver talks to Innkeeper & Maid

  Image courtesy of Barb from NZ

 

 

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days New Scene

 

 

Passenger talking to groom

Bone China

Royal Doulton Coaching Days Scene - Pasenger talks to Groom

Image courtesy of Barb from NZ

 

 

The Back Scenes

As Defined by Nicholnack

 

There are 2 different birch trees and 2 birch coppice’s that appear on this series, these I have named and am also adding to the list of scenes:–

“Winter Birch.” 

 Coaching days Scene 21

 

 

“Autumn Birch”

 

 Coaching days Scene 22

 

 

"Birch Coppice"

Coaching days Scene 23

 Back view of coaching days Rocket Jug 

 

 

"Birch Coppice, trunks only" 

Coaching days Scene 24 

 Back view of Coaching Days Salad Bowl; pattern number D.2716; production era 1932 - 1942

 

 

 


 


 

Comments  

 
+4 #40 Earthen ware lame horseFrank 2014-04-24 19:06
I have a piece that is a cake plate with the trouble. With lame horse Earthen ware. I see the two shown with the blue sky and yellowish sky which this piece is. The back has
the A beside the crown , but the tree branches still have the leaves on them .
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+2 #39 Mrs.Ginny 2014-02-06 20:59
Do you know where I may find pricing information on Coaching Days china? I have a collection that belonged to my great aunt and am selling it. I don't know what I should be asking. Any help would be most appreciated.
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+1 #38 Mrs.Ginny 2014-02-06 20:56
I am trying to sell some Coaching Days pieces that have been in my family for many years. Do you know where I may find pricing information? I have a 7 3/8" Rocket jug, lots of salad plates, a beautiful old teapot w/lid, cups and saucers, and a few damaged pieces that are still beautiful. Thanks.
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+1 #37 Coaching Days door coloursJane Mac 2014-01-11 21:44
In a trio or whole set, should all coach doors be the same colour, or were they sent out randomly, please?
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+1 #36 Scene #11Ari 2013-11-25 17:57
I have 10-1/2" scene #11 plate but it's not the same as both versions shown here. There are only 2 but thicker birch trees and all leafs are yellow/brown so there's no green color on the plate at all. Do you have info on this pattern and is it that rare?
Thanks.
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+4 #35 RE: Coaching DaysChrissy Holden 2013-01-23 13:05
Hi,
You ask has anyone else seen the man with the pipe on the Blue Sky plate D2682 scene 4. I have just put a similar Blue Sky Plate into auction it is the 10 inch with the man with the pipe as shown in your item above.
Your info is very interesting.
Regards Chrissy
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+1 #34 RE:Coaching Days VaseBruce Nichol 2012-11-19 20:21
Without seeing it I cannot be sure, but I would think it is a bone china shape. This series has more examples in Bone China than any other series. If it has a pattern number it will begin with an E if it is Bone China. Also if it is China the body of te vase will be slightly translucent.Quoting J Fulop:
I really enjoyed reading the information you provided. I have a piece from my grandmother which I've been able to identify as Scene #11, thanks to you. It's the yellow background, but I haven't seen a piece like hers - I would think it's a vase, but it has two small green handles at the base. Any thoughts? Again, thank you for your help!
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+3 #33 Mrs.J Fulop 2012-11-17 19:53
I really enjoyed reading the information you provided. I have a piece from my grandmother which I've been able to identify as Scene #11, thanks to you. It's the yellow background, but I haven't seen a piece like hers - I would think it's a vase, but it has two small green handles at the base. Any thoughts? Again, thank you for your help!
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+1 #32 RE: Coaching Days collectionBruce Nichol 2012-04-16 02:28
More often than not sentimental value out weighs the actual monetary value. Glad the web site was of helpQuoting Judith Rees:
Thank you so much for your informative site. We have just been given a twelve place tea service, water jug, sugar basin, slops bowl?, teapot and trivet. Through your site we have been able to date it to 1906. Not worth a fortune I'm sure, but having had the service in the family since new, it is invaluable to us.
Regards Judith and David Rees
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+4 #31 RE: Coaching DaysJudith Rees 2012-04-15 16:57
Thank you so much for your informative site. We have just been given a twelve place tea service, water jug, sugar basin, slops bowl?, teapot and trivet. Through your site we have been able to date it to 1906. Not worth a fortune I'm sure, but having had the service in the family since new, it is invaluable to us.
Regards Judith and David Rees
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