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RARE Royal Doulton Hand Painted Bone China Cradle Song Figure 1958 HN 2246
rare royal doulton hand painted bone china cradle song figure 1958 hn 2246
$329.00
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The Pride by A dEstrehan 1981 Royal Cornwall VERY RARE PROOF From Edition
the pride by a destrehan 1981 royal cornwall very rare proof from edition
$60.00
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Rare Royal Haeger sea Shell Angel WING Ash Tray Vintage antique Gold lay 155
rare royal haeger sea shell angel wing ash tray vintage antique gold lay 155
$33.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Charles II at Chelses Hospital plate Historical England RARE
royal doulton charles ii at chelses hospital plate historical england rare
$65.00
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Laurel Burch Royal Doulton Franklin Mint Song of the Earth rare 1995
laurel burch royal doulton franklin mint song of the earth rare 1995
$19.99
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RARE Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size COFFEE POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size coffee pot jill barklem
$280.00
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RARE Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size TEA POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size tea pot jill barklem
$250.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN TEAPOT Rare Domino White With Brown Line Brass Handle Denmark
royal copenhagen teapot rare domino white with brown line brass handle denmark
$29.99
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RARE MDOULTON SIGNED Royal Doulton 2010 BEEFEATER Toby Character MUG 7
rare mdoulton signed royal doulton 2010 beefeater toby character mug 7
$184.95
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10 MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN Oriental Royal Lady Porcelain Figurine Vintage RARE
10 made in occupied japan oriental royal lady porcelain figurine vintage rare
$17.99
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RARE ANTIQUE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND BLOOD MONEY PLATE PATD 12 1906
rare antique vintage royal doulton england blood money plate patd 12 1906
$399.99
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton CHIVALRY Series Ware Bowl D 5030
extremely rare royal doulton chivalry series ware bowl d 5030
$245.00
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Royal Doulton Jacqueline Figurine Pink England 1946 RARE Discontinued HTF
royal doulton jacqueline figurine pink england 1946 rare discontinued htf
$149.99
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Laurel Burch Royal Doulton Feline Fantasy Cat Plate New Vintage Rare
laurel burch royal doulton feline fantasy cat plate new vintage rare
$59.99
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Vintage Safe Harbour Royal Staffordshire England Black  White Tea pot RARE
vintage safe harbour royal staffordshire england black white tea pot rare
$59.99
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2006 Royal Copenhagen Hearts of Christmas Ornament RARE
2006 royal copenhagen hearts of christmas ornament rare
$44.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN1923 Spring Morning Marked 836602 Issued 1040
very rare royal doulton figurine hn1923 spring morning marked 836602 issued 1040
$225.00
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1962 ROYAL COPENHAGEN RC VERY RARE PRAESTEGAARD  MONSEN DANISH 50 YEAR PLATE
1962 royal copenhagen rc very rare praestegaard monsen danish 50 year plate
$49.99
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RARE Royal Doulton 1967 LOBSTER MAN Toby Character Jug 8 SIGNED By M DOULTON
rare royal doulton 1967 lobster man toby character jug 8 signed by m doulton
$149.95
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FANTASTIC AND RARE ROYAL DOULTON EARLY JESTER HN 367 EXCELLENT CONDITION
fantastic and rare royal doulton early jester hn 367 excellent condition
$1,025.00
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Haddon Hill Antique Plate Perfect
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 haddon hill antique plate perfect
$9.99
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ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG GRANNY D5521 Harry Fenton Rare Style
royal doulton character jug granny d5521 harry fenton rare style
$49.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LOVE LETTER HN 2149 HN2149 550+
rare royal doulton love letter hn 2149 hn2149 550+
$319.96
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN MOUSE ON CORN COB 512 ERIK NIELSON CIRCA 1960 RARE COLOR VERSI
royal copenhagen mouse on corn cob 512 erik nielson circa 1960 rare color versi
$140.00
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RARE Royal Doulton 1979 FALSTAFF Character Toby Jug SIGNED By M DOULTON 85
rare royal doulton 1979 falstaff character toby jug signed by m doulton 85
$164.95
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VERY RARE NOEL Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates French Nol 1937 1940 + 1943
very rare noel royal copenhagen christmas plates french nol 1937 1940 + 1943
$2,888.99
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Antique RARE Royal Doulton Polly Peachum Miniature Figurine
antique rare royal doulton polly peachum miniature figurine
$199.00
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Royal Chelsea1867 1967 Expo Canada Centenial Plate Canadian Collector Rare
royal chelsea1867 1967 expo canada centenial plate canadian collector rare
$27.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine Top O The Hill HN 1849 L Harradine
rare royal doulton figurine top o the hill hn 1849 l harradine
$89.00
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Royal Doulton LION ON ROCK HN2641 collectible RARE figurine statue
royal doulton lion on rock hn2641 collectible rare figurine statue
$600.00
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Antique Royal Doulton 3 Jack Russel Terriers in Basket Figure Rare HN2588V
antique royal doulton 3 jack russel terriers in basket figure rare hn2588v
$75.00
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Royal Doulton England The Lobster Man HN 2323 VERY RARE Cream color version
royal doulton england the lobster man hn 2323 very rare cream color version
$292.50
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG D6150 SAIREY GAMP TOOTHPICK HOLDER RARE
royal doulton toby mug jug d6150 sairey gamp toothpick holder rare
$199.99
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Rare Vintage ROYAL COPENHAGEN Pekingese Dog Porcelain Figurine Puppy FREE SHIP
rare vintage royal copenhagen pekingese dog porcelain figurine puppy free ship
$289.99
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Rare ROYAL COPENHAGEN 3014 Brown Bear Figure Figurine Statue FREE SHIPPING
rare royal copenhagen 3014 brown bear figure figurine statue free shipping
$57.94
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL NORFOLK CREAMER AND TEAPOT SET
rare vintage royal norfolk creamer and teapot set
$12.99
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Royal Doulton June Figurine HN1947 Rare Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton june figurine hn1947 rare up for 2 weeks only
$529.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SWEET AND TWENTY HN 1298 LARGE ENGLAND DISCONTINUED HARRADINE
rare royal doulton sweet and twenty hn 1298 large england discontinued harradine
$114.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine  HN5379  NIB Highly Collectible
rare royal doulton figurine hn5379 nib highly collectible
$149.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 3 PIECE PLACE SETTING WONDERFUL RARE LTD 1936
royal doulton bunnykins 3 piece place setting wonderful rare ltd 1936
$50.11
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug Character Jar BEEFEATERS COPR 1946 Mint 7Tall Rare Large
royal doulton toby mug character jar beefeaters copr 1946 mint 7tall rare large
$58.51
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG THE BOOT MAKER RARE VNTG LIMITED ED NR
royal doulton toby mug the boot maker rare vntg limited ed nr
$71.99
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Rare Royal Dux Art Nouveau Dog Figure of Hound c 1920 Austrian Pottery
rare royal dux art nouveau dog figure of hound c 1920 austrian pottery
$800.00
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE COLLECTORS PLATE SCENE AT LORNE VICTORIA RACK PLATE
royal doulton rare collectors plate scene at lorne victoria rack plate
$29.99
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Rare Vintage Bone China Pink Flower Shoe With Navy Blue Royal Seal Japan Sticker
rare vintage bone china pink flower shoe with navy blue royal seal japan sticker
$14.50
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Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine
royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine
$199.99
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ROYAL DOULTON NINETTE FIGURINE H N 2379 COPR 1970 RD NO 468 70 RARE
royal doulton ninette figurine h n 2379 copr 1970 rd no 468 70 rare
$54.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Owd Willum HN2042
rare royal doulton figurine owd willum hn2042
$249.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Queensware Whisky Flask Dickens Whiskey
rare royal doulton mr pickwick queensware whisky flask dickens whiskey
$599.00
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Queen Elizabeth I Pitcher Rare Royal Doulton Queensware Version By Noke
queen elizabeth i pitcher rare royal doulton queensware version by noke
$325.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Tobacco Jar Searching for Gulliver Pocket Watch Snuff
very rare royal doulton tobacco jar searching for gulliver pocket watch snuff
$250.00
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Rare COTTAGE OLD OAK TREE D6026 Royal Doulton WALL POCKET Vase 1939 Charles Noke
rare cottage old oak tree d6026 royal doulton wall pocket vase 1939 charles noke
$299.99
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Rare CROW RAVEN BLACKBIRD D5775 Royal Doulton WALL POCKET Vase 1937 Charles Noke
rare crow raven blackbird d5775 royal doulton wall pocket vase 1937 charles noke
$299.99
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RARE The Guardsman HN 2784 Royal Doulton
rare the guardsman hn 2784 royal doulton
$25.99
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$289.00
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Royal Copenhagen Centennial Plaquette Edition 1908 2008 3 12 quite rare
royal copenhagen centennial plaquette edition 1908 2008 3 12 quite rare
$19.00
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Antique ROYAL DOULTON Figurine PRISCILLA by Harradine Miniature Ladies M 14 RARE
antique royal doulton figurine priscilla by harradine miniature ladies m 14 rare
$399.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Symphony Figurine HN 287
rare royal doulton symphony figurine hn 287
$118.00
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Duncan Royale Santas THE MAGI RARE Limited Collectible porcelain figurine NOS
duncan royale santas the magi rare limited collectible porcelain figurine nos
$89.97
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Royal Doulton Deidre Figurine VERY RARE
royal doulton deidre figurine very rare
$200.00
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Rare Retired Royal Doulton Figine Titled Owd Willum HN2042
rare retired royal doulton figine titled owd willum hn2042
$80.00
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R1462 BEAUTIFUL RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE SHARON STYLE 2 HN 3603 SIGNED
r1462 beautiful rare royal doulton figurine sharon style 2 hn 3603 signed
$79.99
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Royal Doulton Old Meg Matte Figurine rare
royal doulton old meg matte figurine rare
$51.21
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Royal Doulton Blue Children Two Girls Talking to a Tiny Witch vase rare
royal doulton blue children two girls talking to a tiny witch vase rare
$399.79
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Bowl Dickens Characters D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware bowl dickens characters d 6327
$210.00
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The Royal Geographical Society World Discovery Globe by Franklin Mint Rare
the royal geographical society world discovery globe by franklin mint rare
$269.00
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Rare Home Interior Clear Tall Royal Lace Votive 1
rare home interior clear tall royal lace votive 1
$4.99
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Royal crownford RARE ivy rose design cat figurine
royal crownford rare ivy rose design cat figurine
$10.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Paragon Figurine LADY BEATRICE Excellent
rare royal doulton paragon figurine lady beatrice excellent
$99.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Paragon Figurine MISS PAMELA Rare Flowered Dress
rare royal doulton paragon figurine miss pamela rare flowered dress
$49.95
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75 EARLY RARE Royal Doulton Figurine MAUREEN HN1770 Excellent
75 early rare royal doulton figurine maureen hn1770 excellent
$124.95
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Rare Early 4 Royal Doulton Figurine Rd No 753120 THE PAISLEY SHAWL Excellent
rare early 4 royal doulton figurine rd no 753120 the paisley shawl excellent
$99.95
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Rare Signed Royal Copenhagen White Sleeping Cat Figurine
rare signed royal copenhagen white sleeping cat figurine
$29.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Character Mug Jug D6233
rare vintage royal doulton beefeater toby character mug jug d6233
$9.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Rip Van Winkle Toby Character Mug Jug D6517
rare vintage royal doulton rip van winkle toby character mug jug d6517
$9.99
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Goebel West Germany Royal Starling Vintage Rare Decorative Collectible
goebel west germany royal starling vintage rare decorative collectible
$17.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Jug Mug 1946
rare royal doulton beefeater toby jug mug 1946
$39.00
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Vintage Royal Ruby Art Glass vase Rare 10 TALL with Big Bubble Blown in Bottom
vintage royal ruby art glass vase rare 10 tall with big bubble blown in bottom
$19.99
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RARE 1930 Vintage Royal Doulton Marie HN1370 Bone China Made in England
rare 1930 vintage royal doulton marie hn1370 bone china made in england
$39.95
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton VERONICA Miniature figurine M64 made in 1937
rare vintage royal doulton veronica miniature figurine m64 made in 1937
$599.00
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Extremely Rare Vintage Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Old Mr Pricklepin Figurine
extremely rare vintage royal albert beatrix potter old mr pricklepin figurine
$400.00
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Rare Girl Sitting with Flowers Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1473 Signed
rare girl sitting with flowers royal copenhagen figurine 1473 signed
$60.00
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Antique Early 1900s Red Royal Doulton Flambe Vase Teardrop Style ULTRA RARE
antique early 1900s red royal doulton flambe vase teardrop style ultra rare
$349.00
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VINTAGE 1981 ROYAL DOULTON AND NISBET PORCELAIN DOLL LOT SMALL SISTER MAID RARE
vintage 1981 royal doulton and nisbet porcelain doll lot small sister maid rare
$24.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Pekingese Ch Biddee of Infield Dog Figurine HN1040
rare royal doulton pekingese ch biddee of infield dog figurine hn1040
$75.00
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BEAUTIFUL RARE VINTAGE SAM WELLER ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND LARGE SIZE TOBY MUG
beautiful rare vintage sam weller royal doulton england large size toby mug
$20.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG SIMPLE SIMON D6374 LARGE TOBY JUG
rare royal doulton character mug simple simon d6374 large toby jug
$220.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG GUY FAWKES D6861 LARGE TOBY JUG
rare royal doulton character mug guy fawkes d6861 large toby jug
$119.00
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VINTAGE RARE STEIN HER HIGHNESS CASTLE 12 OZ ROYAL HEAVY DURABLE TRAVEL MUG CUP
vintage rare stein her highness castle 12 oz royal heavy durable travel mug cup
$17.24
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VERY RARE THE MASTER D6898 ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG APPROX 4 TOBY JUG
very rare the master d6898 royal doulton character mug approx 4 toby jug
$199.99
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Unusual Royal Doulton Classic Pooh Bookend Limited Edition Rare Mint condition
unusual royal doulton classic pooh bookend limited edition rare mint condition
$90.00
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Rare Signed Large C 1931 Royal Worcester Noel SV Williams SS Brady Figurine
rare signed large c 1931 royal worcester noel sv williams ss brady figurine
$40.00
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Antique VERY Rare Grannys Shawl Royal Doulton Figurines Number 15 HN1647
antique very rare grannys shawl royal doulton figurines number 15 hn1647
$500.00
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Rare Early A Series Mark Royal Doulton 2 Character Auld Mac Toby Jug England
rare early a series mark royal doulton 2 character auld mac toby jug england
$25.99
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUGS RARE VINTAGE SAM WELLER LARGE 5 half
royal doulton toby jugs rare vintage sam weller large 5 half
$36.99
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Rare Early A Mark Royal Doulton 2 Character Mr Pickwick Toby Jug England
rare early a mark royal doulton 2 character mr pickwick toby jug england
$25.99
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUGS RARE VINTAGE A MARK SAIRY GAMP SMALL 3 quarter  CHARACTER
royal doulton toby jugs rare vintage a mark sairy gamp small 3 quarter character
$33.99
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RARE 1951 H L ETHEL WILLIAMS ROYAL MATRON HUBBARD COURT 38 GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
rare 1951 h l ethel williams royal matron hubbard court 38 glass paperweight
$39.99
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AWESOME RARE ROYAL BLUE CANVANSITE LOSE NOBE W CALCITE QUARTZ FOSSILS MINERALS
awesome rare royal blue canvansite lose nobe w calcite quartz fossils minerals
$24.99
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Rare Cross Townsend 925 Sterling Silver Soft ball Point Royal Gift NEW Ireland
rare cross townsend 925 sterling silver soft ball point royal gift new ireland
$182.00
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Set 2 ROYAL GRAFTON FINE BONE CHINA MUGS ENGLAND Columbus Landing VERY RARE
set 2 royal grafton fine bone china mugs england columbus landing very rare
$24.80
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Rare Royal Doulton John Bull Bunnykins DB134 Limited edition
rare royal doulton john bull bunnykins db134 limited edition
$225.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Nefertiti HN3844 Egyptian Queens Figurine Ltd Ed
rare royal doulton nefertiti hn3844 egyptian queens figurine ltd ed
$935.00
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Vintage 1946 Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Jug D6233 Beef Eater Large 7 half  RARE
vintage 1946 royal doulton beefeater toby jug d6233 beef eater large 7 half rare
$50.00
quality
Diana Princess of Wales puzzle the royal wedding rare NIB
diana princess of wales puzzle the royal wedding rare nib
$55.00
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ROYAL DOULTON MILADY HN1970 FIGURINE VERY RARE
royal doulton milady hn1970 figurine very rare
$1,300.00
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton Buz Fuz Table Lighter 425 Tall Made in England
very rare royal doulton buz fuz table lighter 425 tall made in england
$99.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Sam Johnson D6289 Large 625 Toby Mug Jug England 1949
rare royal doulton sam johnson d6289 large 625 toby mug jug england 1949
$75.00
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Vintage NOS 50s ROYAL SEALY JAPAN Musical Whisky Bottle Decanter RARE Barware
vintage nos 50s royal sealy japan musical whisky bottle decanter rare barware
$50.00
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Royal Doulton Christine HN1840 Leslie Harradine Antique China Figurine RARE
royal doulton christine hn1840 leslie harradine antique china figurine rare
$149.99
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ROYAL DOULTON SMALL SANDEMAN DECANTER RARE
royal doulton small sandeman decanter rare
$20.00
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vintage WW2 Decca Navigator MK XII Decometer type 9340 rare Royal Navy
vintage ww2 decca navigator mk xii decometer type 9340 rare royal navy
$200.00
quality
vintage WW2 Decca Navigator MK XII Decometer type 9340 rare Royal Navy
vintage ww2 decca navigator mk xii decometer type 9340 rare royal navy
$225.00
quality
OLD ENGLISH ROSE by ROYAL ALBERT SUGAR  CREAMERENGLANDVINTAGERARE
old english rose by royal albert sugar creamerenglandvintagerare
$29.99
quality
Royal Canadian Air Force WW 2 Gorgeous 1940s Cigarette Lighter Rare
royal canadian air force ww 2 gorgeous 1940s cigarette lighter rare
$145.00
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VINTAGE TEAPOT OLD ROYAL BONE CHINA ENGLAND HANDNUMBERED RARE Pansies
vintage teapot old royal bone china england handnumbered rare pansies
$29.99
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Vintage Crown Royal Highball Glass Set of two Rare 1970s era Gold Crown design
vintage crown royal highball glass set of two rare 1970s era gold crown design
$20.00
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RARE DEPARTMENT 56 DICKENS VILLAGE THE OLD ROYAL OBSERVATORY GOLD DOME AS IS
rare department 56 dickens village the old royal observatory gold dome as is
$49.99
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Vintage Photos Original Movie Black White Prints 1930 s Rare 8x10 Royal Wedding
vintage photos original movie black white prints 1930 s rare 8x10 royal wedding
$35.40
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Royal Worcester Figurine Sweet Daffodil petite and rare
royal worcester figurine sweet daffodil petite and rare
$59.99
quality
RARE Grand Royal Arch Chap Masonic Templar Document 1902 Original and Historic
rare grand royal arch chap masonic templar document 1902 original and historic
$24.00
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Politics and rare coins might not seem to go together, but they are linked throughout the history of the United States. From the first coins of the 1650s to the change you carry in your pocket today, political influence has been a significant part of United States coinage.

The first coins struck in what is now the United States were minted in 1652, more than a century before the "United States" existed. The Massachusetts Bay Colony struck silver coins from 1652 through about 1682, yet all but one of the denominations always carried the date 1652 regardless of the actual year of issue. Why? Politics. Since the coins were minted openly, there was real intent to fool the British Crown into believing that all of coinage in circulation was actually minted in 1652, when there was no monarchy. Instead, it was probably a courtesy. The colonists were saying: "We're going to continue to mint our own coins while not appearing to flagrantly ignore your edicts."

In 1665, after receiving a book of laws from the colonists, the King's Commissioners requested that a number of laws be changed or repealed. Among them was the following: ". . .title money, the law about a mint house, etc., be repealed, for coining is a royal prerogative, for the usurping of which yet act of indemnity is only a salvo."

Salvo? More like a salvation, as the coins were desperately needed in the colonies. It was time when wampum, musket bullets, and counterfeit foreign coins were used as money alongside the few legitimate coins that were available. The colonists ignored the request of the Crown, evidently without penalty.

The Civil War of 1861-65 presented tremendous problems for circulating coinage.

The silver half dime was one of the many denominations that wasn't circulating, and the five-cent fractional currency was considered to be a poor substitute. A solution to the problem was a coin of a new metal, and coins struck in nickel were introduced.

Nickel is impractical for coin production, as its hardness is conducive to laminations, die breaks, poor strikes, and many other problems. When James Pollock, director of the Mint in 1865, proposed a new nickel alloy for coinage, he was under the influence of political pressure. His personal preference was for coins made of French bronze, but nickel magnate Joseph Wharton had many friends in Congress, and the new nickel alloy won out. Nickel had been used in the copper-nickel cents of 1856-64, but the demand or nickel became unprecedented with the introduction of the three cent nickel (1865) and the five cent nickel (1866).

Nickel coins are still struck today, of course, and many of the problems are just as prevalent. Try putting together a set of problem-free Jefferson nickels, let alone such series as Buffalo nickels or Shield nickels.

The political clout of the followers of the late Anthony Comstock led to a significant change in our coinage in 1917. Hermon MacNeil's magnificent Standing Liberty quarter design, first introduced in 1916, was beautiful and popular. It was also scandalous, at least to the highly vocal Society for the Suppression of Vice. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo was bombarded with complaints about Miss Liberty's partial nudity, and in mid-1917 the design was modified to cover the lady. It is often argued that there were other reasons for the change, such as 1) the type one coins wouldn't stack, or 2) the chain mail placed on Miss Liberty was a symbol of war, or 3) it was done so the coin would strike up better. Argument #3 is totally invalid, as the type one Standing Liberty quarter is consistently far superior in strike to the type two. The other two arguments have a degree of credibility based on surviving documents, but the most important reason for the change was almost assuredly a case of "comstockery" as the prudery was labeled by prominent writers of the era.

While the incidents of coins mixing with politics mentioned above are famous ones, perhaps no other case can quite compare to the Morgan dollar. The Mint Act of 1873 abolished this denomination, along with the other issues such as the three-cent silver and the half dime. By 1878 the silver dollar was back as the result of extreme political pressure from the silver interests, such as the owners of the gigantic Comstock Lode, a monumental silver mine in Nevada. Overriding a presidential veto, the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878 provided that the government would purchase $2 million to $4 million in domestic silver for coinage into silver dollars. It took less than two weeks for the new design to be approved, the dies made, and the first proofs struck.

The Sherman Silver Purchase Act set the amount of silver to be purchased monthly at an exact figure-187 tons per month. When the act was repealed in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out, and Morgan dollar production ended for 17 years.

The story of the Morgan dollar was nearly finished-but not quite. In 1918 the Pittman Act was instituted, which required the melting of up to 350,000,000 silver dollars. A little over a quarter of a billion-that's right, billion-were actually melted, but political pressure caused another weird scenario. The silver lobby persuaded Congress to include a clause that domestic silver be purchased to replace the silver dollars lost in the melting. What was this silver used for? Starting in 1921, it was used to mint silver dollars!

Coins and politics. Politics and coins. After nearly 350 years, they are still inextricably entwined, an integral part of our past and an inevitable part of our future.

The three-cent nickel: the alloy won out over silver

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