Last weekend two customers commented in my store that Royal Doulton was going under. I have learned over the years that it's best not to respond to what I don't know until I get the facts straight. I had just recently received some new photos and a new price list so this seemed strange to me.
When I first started selling Royal Doulton back in 2000 it was all made in England. I knew that from 2002-2004 factories in England were closed and outsourcing to China and Indonesia began. I saw the change first hand as products arrived with new markings.
Yesterday I called my Royal Doulton rep and got a few facts straight. She said that in England Royal Doulton was purchased last month by Wedgwood. The USA office has been in turmoil and was taken over this week by Wedgwood's people. I noticed after a quick web search some very old articles about "Royal Doulton" shuts down British factories, etc. A word of advice to all of us here: always check the date of an article on line because these referred to 2002 when the outsourcing began.
Have no fear - Old Country Rose is still here! I love my old Country Rose China my husband gave me last year for my 40th anniversary Made in ENGLAND TOO!