Both young and old fall in love with Disney’s characters time and time again. Royal Doulton, like many other companies, realized how significant Disney was in the lives of collectors, and thus they have produced many Disney ornaments over the years.
Disney ornaments produced by Royal Doulton have held their value, many becoming valuable and highly sought after as time goes on, and in particular, as Disney remakes bring the old characters back to life. Whether you are seeking a Disney ornament for your own collection, to be displayed within your child’s bedroom, or to give as a gift to a loved one, Disney Royal Doulton collectibles are timeless and unique.
In this article, we will take a better look at the Winnie the Pooh-inspired ornaments produced by the Royal Doulton company.
Other Disney inspired collections produced by Royal Doulton include although are not limited to:
- Snow White
- Disney Princesses
- Alice in Wonderland
- Lion King
- Jungle Book
- 101 Dalmatians
- 1 Winnie the Pooh Collection by Royal Doulton
- 2 Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh Series
- 2.1 Winnie the Pooh and Friends: Hundred Acre Wood Series 1996 (70th Anniversary Collection)
- 2.2 Royal Doulton Classic Pooh Series 1997-1999
- 2.3 Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: Four Seasons Collection 2002
- 2.4 Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: The Pooh Bathtime Collection 2003
- 2.5 Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: First Aid Collection 2005
- 2.6 Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: A Party for Me? How Grand! (80th Anniversary) Limited Edition
- 3 Identifying Winnie the Pooh Royal Doulton Ornaments
Winnie the Pooh Collection by Royal Doulton
Winnie the Pooh and his beloved friends were first introduced in 1926 within a children’s book authored by A. A Milne. The Royal Doulton company noticed how the young and old had all fallen in love with these sweet animal-based characters and based ornaments around these beautifully illustrated friends. In 1968 a collection of ornaments and dinnerware such as mugs and plates was inspired by Winne the Pooh. While the first set of Winnie the Pooh characters was produced under the ‘Beswick’ brand, it is important to know that Beswick was acquired by Royal Doulton in 1969.
The ornaments that featured in series #1 (Beswick produced) Winnie the Pooh were simple although sweet, featuring bright colors and a glazed finish. The Royal Doulton company noticed the popularity of the original Winnie the Pooh ornaments, and during the 1990s, they released their second series.
After the year 2000, multiple Winnie the Pooh series were produced by Royal Doulton, and while it can be hard to keep up with which ornament belongs in what series, thankfully the Royal Doulton company included backstamps which not only allocated an ornament to a series but also adds to the authenticity of the ornament. With thousands upon thousands of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ inspired ornaments on the market during the late ’90s and early 2000s, you can ensure that you have an authentic and real Royal Doulton Disney ornament by studying the stamp found on the underside of the piece you have on hand. All ‘real’ Royal Doulton Disney ornaments will have the Copywrite ‘Disney’ written within the back stamp. Furthermore, many ornaments, in particular, those classed as limited editions came with a certificate of authenticity.
Beswick Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh Collection
While the first series of Winnie the Pooh characters under the Royal Doulton company was technically produced by Beswick, many still class these as ‘Royal Doulton’ collectibles. This can be debated, although each ornament within this collection is adorable, and valuable when in mint condition. The collection featured 8 different ornaments, bringing the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ books to life.
This collection included the following character ornaments which were all sold separately:
- Pooh Bear (Approximate Value: $125.00-$300.00)
- Tigger (Approximate Value: $200.00-$300.00)
- Christopher Robin (Approximate Value: $225.00-$300.00)
- Eeyore (Approximate Value: $125.00-$200.00)
- Kanga (Approximate Value: $225.00-$300.00)
- Piglet (Approximate Value: $175.00-$200.00)
- Owl (Approximate Value: $225.00-$250.00)
- Rabbit (Approximate Value: $175.00-$200.00)
Due to the fact these ornaments were actually produced by the Beswick company just prior to being sold to Royal Doulton, these have a Beswick back stamp. This can be sighted in the image below.
Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh Series
Winnie the Pooh and Friends: Hundred Acre Wood Series 1996 (70th Anniversary Collection)
- The Pooh and the Honey Pot
- Winnie the Pooh in the Armchair
- Winnie the Pooh and the Present
- Winnie the Pooh and the Paw Marks
- Winnie the Pooh and the Fair-Sized Basket
- Winnie lights the Candle
- Christopher Robin and Pooh
- Pooh & Piglet – The Windy Day
- Eeyore’s Tail
- Kanga and Roo
- Piglet and the Balloon
- Piglet picking the Violets
- Tigger signs the Rissolution
- Pooh Counting the Honey Pots
- The More it Snows Tiddely Pom
- Pooh and Party-Hat
- Piglet Planting a Haycorn
- The Brain of Pooh
Limited edition pieces such as ‘Eeyore Loses a Tail are highly sought after and thus hold higher values than other ornaments within the collection. The ‘Eeyore Loses a Tail’ ornament by Royal Doulton produced during 1997 was a part of the Hundred Acre Series although was limited to the production of 5000 pieces. This ornament is valued between $500.00 and $600.00 USD.
Other limited edition Winnie the Pooh ornaments include ‘Summer’s Day Picnic’ and ‘I’ve Found Somebody Just Like Me’. Both these ornaments were limited to 5000 pieces making them valuable. Limited edition Winnie the Pooh ornaments came with a certificate of authenticity.
Out of the Royal Doulton produced Winnie the Pooh ornaments, generally the Hundred Acre Wood characters are the most valuable. These were the first Winnie the Pooh-inspired characters produced by Royal Doulton. If you have a collection of ornaments, the collection will generally sell for a higher price together than separately.
Royal Doulton Classic Pooh Series 1997-1999
- Pooh’s Blue Balloon Money Box
- Rabbit Reads the Plan
Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: Four Seasons Collection 2002
- Sometimes Autumn Tickles Your Nose
- Eeyore Made a Winters Wish
Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: The Pooh Bathtime Collection 2003
These Royal Doulton ornaments are inspired by the Winnie the Pooh Books and depict each character at bathtime. This series was made up of five different ornaments:
- A Clean Bear is a Happy Bear
- Eeyore’s Bathtime
- A Clean Little Roo is Best
- Tigger’s Splash Time
- A Little Sponge for a Little Piglet
Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: First Aid Collection 2005
The 2005 collection produced by Royal Doulton featured Winnie the Pooh characters as the different medical staff.
- Dr Christopher
- Patient Bear
- Nurse Tigger
- First Aid Friends
Royal Doulton Winnie the Pooh and Friends: A Party for Me? How Grand! (80th Anniversary) Limited Edition
In 2006, to commemorate 80 years of Winnie the Pooh, the Royal Doulton company released a limited edition ornament titled ‘A Party for Me? How Grand!’. This ornament features all the main Winnie the Pooh characters, although more valuable, only 1000 of these ornaments were ever produced. While this ornament is not a vintage item (just yet), due to the scarce number produced, it is valuable, and more than likely will only increase in value as the years go on. Currently, this Royal Doulton item sells at auction for $200.00 – $300.00.
Identifying Winnie the Pooh Royal Doulton Ornaments
Ornaments produced for the Hundred Acre Series and the First Aid Collection by Royal Doulton that were inspired by the Winnie the Pooh books feature a back stamp. The back stamp will appear similar to the one below and will dictate which series the ornament belongs in.
Beneath you can find the back stamp of one of the ornaments within the Winnie the Pooh Bathtime Collection.
If you are unsure whether the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Royal Doulton ornament you have on hand is authentic, study the back stamp for clues.