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Rare Royal Doulton 1945 Forty Winks Figurine HN1974 Retired 1970s Collectible
rare royal doulton 1945 forty winks figurine hn1974 retired 1970s collectible
$55.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Invitation HN2170 Curtsy Lady Figurine Beautiful Collectible
rare royal doulton invitation hn2170 curtsy lady figurine beautiful collectible
$45.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN1837 Mariquita 8 1 8 High 640
very rare royal doulton hn1837 mariquita 8 1 8 high 640
$1,995.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton No name No number 7 5 8 High 641
very rare royal doulton no name no number 7 5 8 high 641
$2,995.00
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Royal Doulton Hot Plate Cake Server Pristine Very Rare
royal doulton hot plate cake server pristine very rare
$28.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON ADMIRAL LORD NELSON CHARACTER JUG D 6336 LARGE
rare royal doulton admiral lord nelson character jug d 6336 large
$135.00
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RARE 1935 ROYAL DOULTON LARGE LORD NELSON LOVING CUP LE 411 600
rare 1935 royal doulton large lord nelson loving cup le 411 600
$795.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LORD NELSON CENTENARY 1905 TRAFALGAR COMMEMORATIVE BOWL
rare royal doulton lord nelson centenary 1905 trafalgar commemorative bowl
$195.00
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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
$58.50
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Mr Quaker Oats ROYAL DOULTON large character jug mug 1984 rare D6738 ltd 3500
mr quaker oats royal doulton large character jug mug 1984 rare d6738 ltd 3500
$160.00
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PLATE D6277 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the jester plate d6277 rare
$40.00
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Early Royal Doulton Falstaff Shakespeare Round Serving Bowl RARE
early royal doulton falstaff shakespeare round serving bowl rare
$35.00
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RARE Limoges Porcelain La Bocca Blue Vase New Royal Royale Limoge
rare limoges porcelain la bocca blue vase new royal royale limoge
$74.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Porzelan Figurines With 22k Gold Leaf Trimming Germany 3pc
rare vintage royal porzelan figurines with 22k gold leaf trimming germany 3pc
$388.88
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Ultra Rare Royal Copenhagen Shetland Pony Standing 4609
ultra rare royal copenhagen shetland pony standing 4609
$355.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIESWARE JACKDAW OF RHEIMS PLATE 105
rare royal doulton seriesware jackdaw of rheims plate 105
$16.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIESWARE JACKDAW OF RHEIMS CUP  SAUCER
rare royal doulton seriesware jackdaw of rheims cup saucer
$16.99
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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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Royal Doulton RARE ETC Large 7 BACCHUS Toby Jug TRANSLUCENT D6673
royal doulton rare etc large 7 bacchus toby jug translucent d6673
$44.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Bull Terrier Dog Style Two HN 2511
very rare royal doulton bull terrier dog style two hn 2511
$199.99
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Royal Doulton Character Dog Foxhound Hound Running HN2510 Rare
royal doulton character dog foxhound hound running hn2510 rare
$149.99
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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
$6.74
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON WISTFUL Figurine doll in BLUE HN 2472 MINT condition
rare royal doulton wistful figurine doll in blue hn 2472 mint condition
$67.96
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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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NEW Harmony Kingdom Silk Anniversary RARE Calvesbert 2000 Royal Watch RWCTSI
new harmony kingdom silk anniversary rare calvesbert 2000 royal watch rwctsi
$39.99
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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
$134.95
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Vintage RARE Royal Doulton Balloon Seller MINIATURE Figurine RETIRED HN2130
vintage rare royal doulton balloon seller miniature figurine retired hn2130
$44.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LOVE LETTER HN 2149 HN2149 550+
rare royal doulton love letter hn 2149 hn2149 550+
$399.95
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Very Rare HN1079 Royal Doulton Large GORDON SETTER Dog Figurine
very rare hn1079 royal doulton large gordon setter dog figurine
$1,250.00
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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
$148.45
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RARE Royal Pavilion Brighton 2 Handle Tea Cup Cotton Jar from Elizabeth Arden
rare royal pavilion brighton 2 handle tea cup cotton jar from elizabeth arden
$25.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine MIRACLE OF LIGHT Limited Edition 1200
rare royal doulton figurine miracle of light limited edition 1200
$115.00
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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
$33.89
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BEATRIX POTTER Royal Albert JEMIMA Puddleduck Figurine RARE LARGE 6 HIGH BP6B
beatrix potter royal albert jemima puddleduck figurine rare large 6 high bp6b
$49.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Series Ware 8 Toasting Mottoes Tavern Mug Pitcher 1903
rare royal doulton series ware 8 toasting mottoes tavern mug pitcher 1903
$29.00
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Bing Grondahl Vintage RARE Seagull Porcelain Bud Vase w Saucer Royal Copenhagen
bing grondahl vintage rare seagull porcelain bud vase w saucer royal copenhagen
$8.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2066 Minuet RARE red dress
royal doulton figurine hn 2066 minuet rare red dress
$499.99
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Royal Doulton RARE Old Charley Musical Character Jug Excellent Condition Plays
royal doulton rare old charley musical character jug excellent condition plays
$600.00
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ANTIQUE RARE  4568 ROYAL DOULTON TOBACCO JAR Tobacco Humidor
antique rare 4568 royal doulton tobacco jar tobacco humidor
$34.00
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ROYAL DOULTON EARLY TINY MR MICAWBER EARLY BACKSTAMP RARE
royal doulton early tiny mr micawber early backstamp rare
$39.95
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RARE COLLECTABLE PLATE MONCHENGLADBACH RHEYDT ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED BY ARTIST
rare collectable plate monchengladbach rheydt royal copenhagen signed by artist
$24.00
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Rare Royal Doulton PECKSNIFF Dickens Vintage Bone China 4 Figurine Stamp ca1932
rare royal doulton pecksniff dickens vintage bone china 4 figurine stamp ca1932
$45.00
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Gevalia Kaffe Rare Royal Green Coffee Mug Cup Stoneware Majesty King of Sweden
gevalia kaffe rare royal green coffee mug cup stoneware majesty king of sweden
$4.00
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen 7 Boy With Umbrella Figure 3556 With RARE PAPER STAMP
vintage royal copenhagen 7 boy with umbrella figure 3556 with rare paper stamp
$79.99
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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 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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Elyse 1971 Royal Doulton Retired Figurine HN 2429 Rare Near Mint
elyse 1971 royal doulton retired figurine hn 2429 rare near mint
$215.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Allan Scharff Design Fruit Knife Denmark
rare royal copenhagen allan scharff design fruit knife denmark
$19.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA SITTING HARE DISCONTINUED HN2592 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china sitting hare discontinued hn2592 rare item
$30.00
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Antique Royal Copenhagen Figurine lady with duck RARE MINT
antique royal copenhagen figurine lady with duck rare mint
$19.99
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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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RARE Royal Doulton Davy Crockett Large Character Jug D7293 Ltd of 100 Box + COA
rare royal doulton davy crockett large character jug d7293 ltd of 100 box + coa
$900.00
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BUNNYKINS Royal Doulton LITTLE STOCKING FILLER Christmas Rare Figurine
bunnykins royal doulton little stocking filler christmas rare figurine
$49.99
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RARE Authentic Royal Doulton Figurine Loveswept Love Conquers All 412 of 500
rare authentic royal doulton figurine loveswept love conquers all 412 of 500
$85.00
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VTG Royal Copenhagen Going Home For Christmas 1973 In Box Collectible Rare
vtg royal copenhagen going home for christmas 1973 in box collectible rare
$42.49
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VTG Royal Copenhagen The Snowman 1985 In Box Collectible Christmas Rare
vtg royal copenhagen the snowman 1985 in box collectible christmas rare
$67.99
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Vintage Royal Crown Porcelain Duck Signed J Byron RARE Ducklings Figurine
vintage royal crown porcelain duck signed j byron rare ducklings figurine
$16.95
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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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Rare Royal Crown Dachy Fine Bone China Trinket Box Made in England
rare royal crown dachy fine bone china trinket box made in england
$23.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Small Toby Character Mug D7057 SIR HENRY DOULTON
rare royal doulton small toby character mug d7057 sir henry doulton
$103.50
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Rare Vintage 1930s Antique Royal Doulton Figural Lamp Lady Woman In Wind
rare vintage 1930s antique royal doulton figural lamp lady woman in wind
$249.00
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Royal LADY HEAD VASE W RARE LABEL STAMP CHASE Hand Painted
royal lady head vase w rare label stamp chase hand painted
$29.89
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Very RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Asia
very rare royal copenhagen figurine asia
$3,400.00
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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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RARE Royal Doulton 2 Faced Mr Pickwick  Sam Weller Beam Whiskey Container SEAL
rare royal doulton 2 faced mr pickwick sam weller beam whiskey container seal
$75.00
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RARE Vintage ROYAL DOULTON Bunnykins Nurseryware CREAM 2 Handle Mug Cup1970s
rare vintage royal doulton bunnykins nurseryware cream 2 handle mug cup1970s
$17.89
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Very old and rare Royal Doulton Collectible Simon the Cellarer Jug 6
very old and rare royal doulton collectible simon the cellarer jug 6
$60.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Double Handle Vase Signed by A Dix 1025 H Maiden Dancing
rare royal doulton double handle vase signed by a dix 1025 h maiden dancing
$699.00
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RARE ROYALS DE CHAMPAGNE LE MUSIQUE CIOLIN IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION BOX
rare royals de champagne le musique ciolin in original presentation box
$399.99
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Kingspoint Designs Frog Royal trinket box with necklace NIB rare collectible
kingspoint designs frog royal trinket box with necklace nib rare collectible
$35.00
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Royal Doulton Disney Fairy Fira Pre Production Sample Figurine Rare
royal doulton disney fairy fira pre production sample figurine rare
$19.99
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Rare 2003 Royal Doulton Images Two Become One HN 4644 Figurine MIB
rare 2003 royal doulton images two become one hn 4644 figurine mib
$34.99
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ROYAL DOULTON D6377 CHARGER PLATE Dr JOHNSON AT THE CHESHIRE CHEESE RARE
royal doulton d6377 charger plate dr johnson at the cheshire cheese rare
$100.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE JULY  PRETTY LADY SIGNED
rare royal doulton figurine july pretty lady signed
$20.50
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hegde Tea Service Mini Jill Barklem 1985 Sugar Bowl Rare
royal doulton brambly hegde tea service mini jill barklem 1985 sugar bowl rare
$22.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Nelson Loving Cup Limited Edition of Only 200 Made
rare royal doulton nelson loving cup limited edition of only 200 made
$750.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Version of LIFEGUARD
rare royal doulton version of lifeguard
$599.00
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Rare Girl Sitting with Flowers Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1473 Signed
rare girl sitting with flowers royal copenhagen figurine 1473 signed
$57.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LADY APRIL HN1958 FIGURE
rare royal doulton lady april hn1958 figure
$99.99
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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
$279.20
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN VERY RARE WHITE KITTEN TAIL UP BING  GRONDAHL B2507
royal copenhagen very rare white kitten tail up bing grondahl b2507
$99.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Luscian Ware Harpsichord Ewer By GeorgeWhite
rare royal doulton burslem luscian ware harpsichord ewer by georgewhite
$4,250.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine THANK YOU mint Cond 3390 SIGNED BY THE ARTIST RARE
royal doulton figurine thank you mint cond 3390 signed by the artist rare
$35.00
quality
Rare Australian Royal Doulton Toby Jug Character Mug Buzfuz D5838 4 quarter  Tall
rare australian royal doulton toby jug character mug buzfuz d5838 4 quarter tall
$57.95
quality
Rare Hand Painted Royal Tara Vase Hand Made In Ireland Vtg Collectible Harmony
rare hand painted royal tara vase hand made in ireland vtg collectible harmony
$12.99
quality
Royal Doulton Eliza Gold Lady Figurine HN2543 England 1974 Retired Rare Vintage
royal doulton eliza gold lady figurine hn2543 england 1974 retired rare vintage
$89.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN 1599 Clotilde RARE Good Condition
royal doulton figurine hn 1599 clotilde rare good condition
$1,950.00
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2 Jugs RARE A mark Auld Mac Royal Doulton Character Toby jug s Small
2 jugs rare a mark auld mac royal doulton character toby jug s small
$19.95
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Royal Doulton Character Toby Jug Large Elephant Trainer D6841 rare toby
royal doulton character toby jug large elephant trainer d6841 rare toby
$182.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY JOE MINIATURE TOBY MUG 1939 1956
rare royal doulton fat boy joe miniature toby mug 1939 1956
$19.99
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MIB Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine All Original
mib royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine all original
$199.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Miss Nostrum The Nurse Doultonville Toby Jug VERY RARE
royal doulton miss nostrum the nurse doultonville toby jug very rare
$65.00
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ROYAL DOULTON  Mrs Loan The Libraian  Doultonville Toby Jug VERY RARE
royal doulton mrs loan the libraian doultonville toby jug very rare
$45.00
quality

VINTAGE ROYAL BRANDY DECANTER  ESTATE SALE  RARE  horsehair  leather  crest
vintage royal brandy decanter estate sale rare horsehair leather crest
$99.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL FAMILY TIN LITHO BOX RARE COLLECTIBLE BOX CIRCA 1960
vintage royal family tin litho box rare collectible box circa 1960
$149.00
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Armadillo Pie Recipe Plate Royal China Co rare
armadillo pie recipe plate royal china co rare
$44.95
quality
ROYAL DOULTON ARRIET MUG1946 RARE SMALL AND CARDINALTINYBOTH MINT COND
royal doulton arriet mug1946 rare small and cardinaltinyboth mint cond
$59.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Dragonfly Catchall Plate
rare royal copenhagen dragonfly catchall plate
$345.00
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON COCKEREL PATTERN TEA SET MODELED ROOSTER HEN CHICK CREAMER
rare royal doulton cockerel pattern tea set modeled rooster hen chick creamer
$750.00
quality
1950 Royal Dessert Pudding Comp Box w Card Howdy Doody Series 1 RARE Blue
1950 royal dessert pudding comp box w card howdy doody series 1 rare blue
$79.00
quality
1950 Royal Dessert Pudding Comp Box Howdy Doody Card 5 RARE Blue The Inspector
1950 royal dessert pudding comp box howdy doody card 5 rare blue the inspector
$95.00
quality
ROYAL COLLECTION OF CHALCEDONY STALACTITE W STILBITE SPECIMENRARE SPECIMEN1
royal collection of chalcedony stalactite w stilbite specimenrare specimen1
$195.00
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ROYAL COLLECTION OF CHALCEDONY STALACTITE W APOPHYLLITE SPECIMENRARE
royal collection of chalcedony stalactite w apophyllite specimenrare
$255.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON DOULTONVILLE Mr Furrow The Farmer D6701 RARE
royal doulton doultonville mr furrow the farmer d6701 rare
$34.99
quality
Royal Copenhagen Knud Kyhn Hippopotamus  20182 VERY RARE LARGE LARGE
royal copenhagen knud kyhn hippopotamus 20182 very rare large large
$639.00
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Character Jug Large Alfred Hitchcock Pink Curtain D6987
rare royal doulton character jug large alfred hitchcock pink curtain d6987
$409.21
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Character Jug Large Clown D6322
rare royal doulton character jug large clown d6322
$323.31
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Character Jug Large Cavalier with Goatee D6114
rare royal doulton character jug large cavalier with goatee d6114
$2,451.40
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Character Jug Large Size Clark Gable D6709
rare royal doulton character jug large size clark gable d6709
$3,273.99
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3 RARE FROG  ONION PUB ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD HURRICANE GLASSES BREWING BERMUDA
3 rare frog onion pub royal naval dockyard hurricane glasses brewing bermuda
$39.00
quality
Rare The Sleuth D6639 Var 1 Miniature Toby Mug Jug England Royal Doulton
rare the sleuth d6639 var 1 miniature toby mug jug england royal doulton
$27.99
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OPHIR Orient RARE 1905 Trade Card as The Royal Yacht
ophir orient rare 1905 trade card as the royal yacht
$60.00
quality
Royal Doulton A Gypsy Dance Figurine HN2157 RARE Arm Extended
royal doulton a gypsy dance figurine hn2157 rare arm extended
$449.50
quality
72nd Anniversary Royal Thai Airforce RTAF Thailand Souvenior Book Rare USAF
72nd anniversary royal thai airforce rtaf thailand souvenior book rare usaf
$129.99
quality
Over the Horizon Legend of Air Power 100 Anni Royal Thai Airforce RTAF Book Rare
over the horizon legend of air power 100 anni royal thai airforce rtaf book rare
$129.99
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RARE 2 Footed AUTUMN BREEZE Bone China Figurine Royal Doulton HN 1913 ZJ12875
rare 2 footed autumn breeze bone china figurine royal doulton hn 1913 zj12875
$99.99
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RARE MINT VIETNAM ERA RAR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT INFANTRY PLAQUE IN BOX
rare mint vietnam era rar royal australian regiment infantry plaque in box
$69.14
quality
British  North American Royal Mail Co Cunard steamship china Cup saucer rare
british north american royal mail co cunard steamship china cup saucer rare
$2,243.70
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN1883 Prudence 1939 WorldWide
rare royal doulton figurine hn1883 prudence 1939 worldwide
$599.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN684 Tony Weller 1931 WorldWide
rare royal doulton figurine hn684 tony weller 1931 worldwide
$599.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1061 Crying Faun MINT WorldWide
rare royal copenhagen figurine 1061 crying faun mint worldwide
$499.00
quality

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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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