Month: March 2017

Sweet sweet twitter that little blue bird


Tweet tweet Twitter



Reaching out to twitter let me introduce myself

Hi readers I am aiming this blog at the twitter demographic but wish to say I hope all are safe and well, today’s a Thursday so for me that means a few hours of art I wonder what all you wonderful people are doing.

Please note part of this blog is to explain that I’mnot a business even if I promote like one I do not sell and the collection is museum listed.


I started out my media life on Facebook like many others but unlike many others it took me much longer to get used to twitter when I joined its highs and lows and the differences between the two formats excluding hash tags had me at a disadvantage it takes me a while to understand some things.

Due to the massive delay in starting to use twitter I feel unlike Facebook with its amazing excepting groups twitter is harder to use but the growth potential can only be matched by Facebook groups and pages, even second profile accounts as the highest follow count is 5000 per person.


Facebook page,unlike Twitter only 5000 Fs

I’ve really started to enjoy twitter, just like Facebook you end up with a core of friends that you interact with and some folks like myself enjoy the retweeting and interactions on the format and classed as active, as the same with Facebook trust is key when making acquaintances and I’ve already done a swap my first on the format.


So twitterers the premise behind this blog is to explain what Collectibulldogs is, where it’s going, and what it means to me and my family, I’m hoping after I’ve written this more people will understand my posts and fingers crossed the explanation will gain me favour with likes and retweets.

At the moment I’m relying on a small core of followers and hashtags just like #AtSocialRT to get my tweets out and when I retweet I continue till I get a time out, on a good week there’s plenty of blue notifications thanking me for being a top influencer.


We have a great Instagram following even borrowing our posts

I do all my own self promoting, make videos and ads, help others, share urls and do my best to adhere to DM requests the best I can, I also offer blogging for guests and website link exchanges to share online traffic. I also help share posts across medias but you need to tell me 👍.


I’m guessing that most seasoned twitterers have seen bulldogs on the feed and for as long as twitter has been running way before I joined, then all of a sudden ornamental,antique,and quirky bulldog memorabilia pieces just start appearing along side a cute bulldog with a cute name.

It all started and was all down to an incident where I was seriously hurt some years back, it left me with mental health issues and the medication I take meant that I could not be gainfully employed, I have OCD, PTSD, and unstable emotional personality disorder, I take 4 pills twice a day it’s a drag but I survive.

I started the collection out of the blue about six or seven years back and only slowed down this year due to being busy, the purpose of the collection is so that I can put my only daughter through university get her grades and chase her dreams.

Coming from a poor family myself I know what it’s like to struggle and I want more for her (we all do as parents) and as a dad I felt it my responsibility to make sure things like university fees are viable and she’s able to go through life’s normal path.


The collection consists of over 3000 pieces it’s the first to be put online, first ebook on bulldog collecting, and this year Collectibulldogs is part of a display where the exhibiting of these pieces is a world first too, I started out with one brass bulldog and now the care taker to one of the worlds largest collections.


Please Help me show the world this one of a kind

I started a bulldog collectors club on Facebook and it’s current following is nearly 8000 I’m very lucky that I’m allowed to advertise in many a bulldog group to where I find for many my blogs are well received, I’m not looking for fame or prestige I’ve turned my daughters future into a venture and enjoying the passion.


My only motive is to get more interest for the collection I could understand not many being interested if it was just a few hundred pieces no matter the subject but to gain the amount and the quality I have done would take most others around 40-60 years, I took my collection online not just to show and tell but I assist others and restarted an old past time that many


On twitter cute dogs make great follow trains 🚂

have never heard of.

Sorry I nearly forgot to say I do have another motive and that’s to try and urge people of any ability/ disability to follow their passions I did what I did whilst very ill and in therapy and if I can then anyone can, it’s also a healthy addiction that can pay dividends.


Just like Facebook twitter is great, there’s no trolling and very few negative comments I enjoy the appreciation for my efforts and hope once my followers read this they will know what Collectibulldogs is and I’m trying to establish myself there, the only down fall is finding constant content but I’m getting used to that now.

For those that can see the compassion this dad has for his daughter and her future all I ask is that you retweet share and basically help get posts out far and wide, wiggles is great for finding followers, and I’m doing ok with over 40k followers but that following is only good if whom is following is active enough to retweet.


Hoping to reach 50k before display starts

As for myself I do take breaks but you will see my name a lot as I retweet others posts back through the main feed ready for others to see again and hopefully retweet it themselves, that’s what it’s all about and what’s above is me and what I’m about, I will finish by saying I’m hoping to start a social enterprise with the collection and one day hopefully open the worlds first proper bulldog museum and give it to my daughter.

Thank you to all those that have followed me so far I hope you have enjoyed Wiggles our rescued bulldog she’s always a crowd pleaser, all I can ask is for your support in my venture as I would yours, tag me if you want your tweet to go to Collectibulldogs, if your a smaller account tag me and I’ll follow and it’s my wish to get to 50k followers by the time the display starts this may, my media influence will play a big part when it comes to meeting influential people at the display.

Twitter is a great format you do not get weeks of punishment for over posting or frozen accounts for not understanding the rules, the posts are so random and all walks of life post away their loves, hates, passions, jobs, politics , every topic is covered and all on one wall. It would be nice to get a shout out from a bulldog loving celeb but they never answer the call, Shame!!!


The formats I blog and use actively


before I try and see if you will have a nose around the site let me share with you some Twitter hashtags that you may not yet know, these are all tag accounts that will retweet your post 👍




Also still on the subject of helping and sharing I’ve found a free blogging agony aunt  I’m thinking she offers more than blogging advice but I just know through blogging problems myself, just contact Blogging help lady I’m sure any issues can be solved.


So that’s me folks just a humble dad trying to do he’s best with what he knows, collecting, bulldogs, or antiques isn’t for anyone even I remember life before all this but I wouldn’t change a thing, Collectibulldogs is just going to grow the question is how big can I make it.  Stay safe and to collectors. Happy collecting and thank you Twitter

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bulldogs and the troubles promoting

Promoting bulldogs

Good day readers it goes without saying that I wish all are all safe and well, and after a chat yesterday with a free lance journalist friend it came to our attention that promoting bulldogs is not and has not been easy.


Reading our guest blog on FROM THE DOGS PAW one of our highlights


Listen mate she don’t sound right !!!

This of course starts at home it’s ok when your walking your dog and some body shouts out ” your dog looks like my mother in law” (sorry to all mothers in law) but when you get people start criticising your choice of breed it gets personal.

As im affiliated with all kinds of bulldog people I know well that there’s breeders out there trying their best to make the breed healthier but that’s neither here or there for me, I didn’t create the breed and to get abuse after rescuing a dog is a bit cheeky,  I remember one fella saying ” you still had the choice to rescue a different breed”.


Collecting and promoting have been around a long time

Im not responsible for Any aspects of the bulldog or any breed and again it’s not just our choice to rescue this beautiful breed, but it’s kind of my duty after the life changing experiences I have had since I started my venture, I’m happy to end here by saying bad comments are few and wiggles is a fav around the park by most that see her.

A passing query

I have been in the bulldog world now for about a decade I had scruffy before I started, so basically I was asked if I was well not me it’s hard to explain but the thought of nationalism, Patronism or racist notions, the bulldog in America is the countries army / marine mascot and university mascot so I don’t think it counts in the states.

being so niche

This is great in one way I do not wish to come across as brash but I believe some of what I’ve done are world firsts and so niche there’s no place anywhere ATM, for example when I try and join collecting websites the mainstream themes seem all the same.


Twitter is loving this pic of me. Wiggle on

The normal menu that you see on these sites go from coins and medals to postcards stamps and collecting cards, it’s not easy or I need help to access these sites properly and get bulldogging or dog collections on some of them, if that happens those that don’t want to go online like me can show a few pieces off and join other collectors around the world.

Promoting The website

There’s no excuse here if I’m loosing views due to the website not changing I have to apologise being with a host is a lot different to making your own website and I have not yet been showed how to do certain things on my website.

After lee saved all my blogs I did feel he needed a break from Collectibulldogs he spent 150 hours recovering my archive so it’s only fair I leave him be for a bit, until he’s got time and ready.  I’ve been given an email to an organisation that help people like me become more digital so let’s see where that gets me and I’m busy myself with the upcoming display.

Im hoping by this time next year either I got shown or I teach myself to update the website, take out the duplicates that are still there, shorten the galleries and even have a go at SEO, if I got that right and updated I think I would stand a chance of ranking better.


Boston Terrier rescue network a great cause

Its that simple

I feel sad to be saying this but the rock bottom really is that not everybody is into bulldogs, you cannot ram the venture down people’s throats and for one reason or another they just don’t like the premise the breed or it’s just not hitting their interest radar.

I think personally bulldogs are gorgeous but there’s so much more to Collectibulldogs yes it’s bulldog themed but for all the things Spoken about before i.e. Back story and purpose and I’ve stuck to to my guns ever since I first started.

If I could have one wish regarding the venture I created it would be that I came across a publist and firstly find out wether what I’ve done is worth shouting about, and if it is HOW.

Are you finding the site to big

This is more of a suggestion than a bug bare, the website is rather large but I assure you that the search bar works very well, just punch in a keyword and the computer will pull up any content regarding that word, if your having problems at all please write in and I’ll pass them on to lee.

What to do what to do promoting is not easy


Funny captions used to capture the eye

So the clincher of this conundrum I wonder what it is? Let’s start with my problems, I had to come off Reddit I’ve never met so many rude people on a format as I have there and got the brunt of all of the above every day, my wife deleted the account as she felt when I read my messages each day they had a profound effect on my mood.  That brings me on to obsessing, I use google analytics to see how many of you lovely people have viewed the site, if it’s lower than say 50 a day I feel a bit like a failure yet understand why and working on my mindset regarding this,

next problem lol,

This one is a problem I frequently ask but never get any replies and it’s a shame because I have seen the percentage of views on a good day and some blogs have soared, I am of course talking about guest blogging, guest posting and crediting too and the biggest one is finding likeminded websites to either ask or blog about.

my other problem is a bit personal but I’m happy to mention this even just for reference to other bloggers that want to have a professional look yet like me carry on with mental health disorders, DO NOT BLOG when your feeling down, frustrated or not in the right frame of mind. everybody has the right to blog about anything they like but it does not look professional  especially when you start blogging outside the realms of your subject idea.

What have I done so far with promoting

I can start by easily saying I’ve wanted to give in many times so far, all of the above, my own wellbeing problems, the problems we all go through in our families, and un needed stress bought on over a certain subject that I blogged about after Christmas, that does sound pessimistic so let’s look at this from the ground up!!!

The collection, the website,group and page on Facebook,URL  link to both Brighton art and toy museum (rare to happen as museums do not generally take on public links),student journalist did a feature that got published,been on heart FM,I’ve got an article in the paper just waiting for its publication, the upcoming display and any overage awarded to me by the museum,a free lance journalist hoping we can get a story,and the thing that puzzles me most.


Here’s the medias I promote to and all on my own

When your online on a few formats you get spotted by media interest groups, I know of one called Traackr and they monitor the interactions and growth statistics of accounts and their associations i.e. Websites, pages, blogs.  So here’s the stump I have over 150 thousand followers on all my formats, this is growing by the day too so I don’t understand the lack of communication with me blogging out and any replies etc.

Finally Is patience really the answer

I’ve been told this quite frequently now and by a few people, there’s no quick fix to moving forward let alone the problems of promoting the breed, wether it be wiggles or in object form it takes time to get established and I need to be further into the social enterprise side of things before moving forward.

Empathy and compassion ooze from this site

hopefully more websites will come dorward

if we were to put the above aside for a moment I’m nearly a middle aged man whom lost his dad at 15 left with only a broken watch and bad memories, I chose bulldogs years later as research suggested they were one of the most envestable and I saw this as a way of paying future funds regarding my daughter.

You have to try your best to let your children’s dreams come true, we could never afford Disney world and ponies but at least she’s financially stable when she’s older a privilege few get and in uncertain times most probably more necessary than ever, my point is I have no motive other than to champion the breed dispel myths thoughts and inclinations and to make sure I keep to my responsibilities to make sure my child has a better future than I did. I just wonder what if I chose German Shepard dogs or jack Russell’s would finding interest be any different hmmm we will never know,  till next time folks watch out for one another stay safe and happy collecting…


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dreams reality and one that’s owed

Dreams, reality and one that’s owed


Enjoying time with her mum

Good day readers how are you all? I’m really hoping all are safe and well no matter where you are, as the title suggests that one of my dreams of displaying is now becoming real with myself now taking pieces to the museum ready for curation.

I got the set up wrong I must of been excited when I was showed the cabinet space and mis counted the boxes for each one, I know need to rethink my theme and also chat with a curator about how some pieces will be displayed.


What dreams are made of. Wiggle on

Cheers fella

Some of us are still struggling with certain formats and as I’m not a business there’s no advertising to constantly remind people of my brand, thank you again to jools whom has become an invaluable contact, not only has the fella helped me set up a system his offer to pop round and show me so I can do it DIY is gratefully appreciated he really is a top fella. A piece by jools

Moving on

I have been given the honour of working with two of Brighton museums finest curators whom will be assisting me from start to finish to get the display right, both ladies are experts in their field and I’m one lucky chap to be given such help.

The other display artists showing their work as well as myself are privileged with the same kindness from the museum and each of us gets help with our displays, I have been lucky enough to see the work being created and all that come will be amazed at the skill in art that they will see.


Can you pass me a towel please

I’ve tied in my connection to the display by creating my own bulldog pieces in art group it would be a bit like cheating as all I would of done otherwise is just turn up with my pieces, I’m sorry to scare you like this but I think my artwork pieces are being auctioned off after but I need clarification from my project leader.

Two more weeks

In two weeks time I think all the pieces I need will be down at the museum and the process of getting info correct on each piece will begin, this is where I come in and can hopefully show that I know about what I’m displaying.

Helping the curators to research or tell them of the pieces should save time but I think there will be a few we end up getting stumped on but no matter, any piece unidentifiable can just be changed over to another piece I can relate too.


My attempt at art could be a funny topic lol

I have the use of the projector (I’m so lucky) and a certain friend I know will be very happy that the slides donated a few years back will be getting used, the three themes will be famous paintings/Bulldogs, bulldog Anatomy, and the American hall of fame.

More dreams Wonderful news!!!

I was reliably told this week that the Brighton Argus my home cities local paper will be publishing the journalists story on Collectibulldogs, this is amazing news to me as I had resigned to the fact it was not meant to be, I cannot wait to see the published article and will blog on the article as the display moves forward. Check out the Brighton Argus

Getting Validation isn’t easy nor is promoting a very mis understood breed, it’s one breed that for some reason brings up strong opinion on different topics and I want it noted I choose the breed for A the amount of collectibles there are, B I needed a way to further my daughters education and C It just seemed right.

My motives now are a little different I would like to start gaining interest so that I may get a social enterprise going, my only down fall is the fact it’s so niche, one day Brighton will see the worlds first ever bulldog memorabilia collection museum I even pitched an idea to the dogs trust regarding this massive of pipe dreams.


Wiggles pinching the bedBack to the dreams


I for one cannot wait to see the finished display the mix / mash up of bulldogs and art will bring its own element but as I’ve seen what others are putting up get ready for the WOW factor, it’s not for me to decide in art what’s good or bad I just know I was blown away by what I’ve seen so far.


Playing I’ve got your nose with a bulldog. Lol

I’m currently trying to bribe my daughter whom in school over the years has made me little bulldog themed pieces, I’m hoping she will allow me to display a pencil holder that was made for me when the school was doing woodwork, what father would I be if I didn’t choose this as my favourite piece.

I do not think the pieces are going into the installation until about five days before I’m hoping to be allowed to take stage pictures that is if it takes more than a day to do, I was going to ask if I could swap a piece or two over the course of the display but I think the only this might be possible is if I can get them stored there otherwise it’s to much confusion on the paperwork.


If you remember I was introduced to a student called Alice whom wanted to volunteer as a museum mentor and we were paired up due to Alice’s interest in collecting subjects, Alice came into her final year and could not carry on as a mentor and of course studying always comes first.


Reading our guest blog on FROM THE DOGS PAW

Collectibulldogs would like to thank Alice for even wanting to help we hope you pass with flying colours and end up in a job that you will love and vice versa, feel free to call upon us anytime and hopefully we even become contacts in the future, until then we wish you the very best for your last year and are certain you will make yourself and those around you very proud indeed.

Before I go I would like to say Ive worked hard on my venture it did not fall onto my lap and collecting so much in such a small amount of time especially what’s been collected should be commended on its own merit and that’s without reflecting on my I’ll state, not only that but after creating such a niche passion there’s also a world first in the website and I’m sure the ebook for collectors of bulldogs is a first.


Bulldogs 4 Life

please notice that the blog is adorned with up to date pictures of wiggles, the pieces I will be displaying I want to keep as a bit of a surprise plus Wiggles has created her own love on twitter, she’s so cute she does just as well as one of those follow trains with us reaching 45 thousand followers to date.

With one purpose in mind I’ve not deviated from the original plan and I’m definitely not trying to ram bulldogs down people’s throats I just think it’s something noticeable and a great achievement and with that tiny bit of brash self affirmation all that’s left to say is happy collecting folks.

bookmarking and clicks 

I do not know the actual following number that Collectibulldogs is lucky to have but I do know some are book marking the website, this is brilliant as it means they enjoy the site so much they will be coming back and we love all our views.

Please may I ask from now till may could all those that do follow please double your clicks or bounce around more amongst the pages, the reason why I’m asking is becouse I have the display pieces and paperwork to sort out so cannot self promote as much and I don’t want my views to fall and have Collectibulldogs look unpopular when it comes to the display.

I know we don’t sell and admittedly the galleries need adjusting but all that will get sorted soon, the more clicks the longer you stay tuned in and more interaction the better and I can show a glowingly analytics report when I use website as part of my display  THANK YOU


Twitter is loving this pic of me. Wiggle on



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Prelude to exhibition oh and my birthday


Exhibition invite

Prelude to exhibition oh and my birthday

Hi there readers how are you all doing? I hope all swell with everyone and I see some have taken advantage of my first ebook, as I learn more myself I can either update the existing book or make a new second one.


I think my daughter has my sense of humour

Firstly I would like to thank those that sent me birthday wishes through the different medias, I had not realised the impact / people that was stowed me with an out pouring of wishes and greetings for the day. If you are reading this and sent one then thank you I found it humbling.


Happy birthday dad

My daughter kindly bought me two bulldog gifts this year and as she’s going to Spain next month I indicated that only the minimal should be spent on me, this concept was not to my wife’s liking whom surprised me with a brand new I book that turns into a tablet and tv so I can use for the collection and blogging

The other (I’m classing it as a gift) was the appointment of my project manager and two of Brighton museums curators to come and look at the collection, it was great teaching others about something I’m known for and hosted quite a good session.


We had a good look at my pieces before sitting down to chat and even though these ladies work with collections everyday I think they were quite taken aback and was not expecting what they saw, I will be asking one of the curators about last Fridays experience, the collections quality and the time taken to obtain it all.


Rosentahl could represent Germany

There are about 55 slots in the Brighton museum lab so we have broken that down to 11 themes, I’ve thought about this a fair bit and have laid out a plan of complete fairness and impartial to any opinion i.e. Even though the exhibition is about the British bulldog there will be no sign or hint of patriotism or bias (except for the piece my daughter made).

The themes can be swapped and changed by the curators but I was thinking Germany Denmark and England in a case each this is because they are the three biggest countries that manufactured pieces, followed by two cabinets of pieces that I’ve acquired from around the world.


Using plain white in the English section will dispel any thought of patriotism making it Nuetral

Another case will hold antique useful objects inkwells humidor seven spoons if they are a useful item lol, then next to the antiques will be two cases, one will hold different bronzes and the other I will place my other metal pieces I should say each slot holds one large or two small pieces each.

Two more cabinets will be set aside for historic and advertising pieces I will have to think hard here, as you know the bulldog Is and has been well used in advertising so picking out a selection will not be easy, I will add a mixture of 2D and 3D pieces to these cases as well as mascots and emblems.

The last two cases together will hold the silver and club presentation pieces in not sure wether to mix them up or have one case for each I don’t have many large English pieces to add in this section so it will be a display of club pieces from other countries and I can showcase the silver bulldog trophy as the high light here.


Some of the antiques people can hold

There’s two elements I have missed out and that’s the glass and jewellery antiques and pieces I will wait to hear what the curators think is best before swapping and changing these themes, I’ve also been given two small individual cases and these will hold my wooden antiques, lastly there is a flat glass display as you enter the room and I need to think about what I can put in there.IMG_2282


This is the part of the process I’m going to find the hardest when you loan to a museum you fill out a condition and insurance form, once that’s done each piece is packed until each piece has been done cataloged and down on paper, this process happens yet again once the pieces arrive at the museum and before they can go out on display.


Delicate pieces

Due to the late indication of the date given there is not really that much time left to get all this sorted and as I’ve done less artwork and been asked to commence with getting my display ready I feel I need a bit of help, more access to the museum and for them to let me start taking things down asap.

I think once all the hard graft has been done and I take a look at the collection displayed I can sigh a massive one and finally realise all the hardship has been worth it the sleepless nights promoting getting into Debt and other such things that should just float away as I gaze upon what will be the worlds first bulldog memorabilia collection exhibition.


Use pieces to inform

Ideas to add motion to the space

The museum space being used is massive I’m not sure the size of the room but it’s proportion is that of a hall sized room, as the other exhibitors will be showcasing artworks they have created and let me tell you their art skills are beyond belief compared to me, I’m hoping the museum will let the website run as part of the display or let me use the slides I have on 3 great subjects.

I’m not sure how the press office at the museum have this covered and whom they have asked to come via the media but I’ve started doing invites myself, using apps and editing I’ve been practicing leaflets and in the next few days will have some printed off and go for a nice walk through town and pop into shops and businesses to give out an invite.


Drumming up support

Most of all I’m hoping somehow somewhere there’s interest in my venture and if I can pull off the impossible and get my display looked at by the right influencers then that could be the start of my long awaited social enterprise,

How would you do it?

Interesting question, I’m very lucky that I have been cheeky enough to not let the word no be the end of things and and it was not easy being an outsider and asking a museum to take you under their wing, even more so if they have no idea of what your collection entails, if you had the opportunity to set up a display how would you go about it.

Would you think up themes like I have, would you choose just your favourite pieces or even display higgledy piggledy and just place random pieces take a look back and think Yep that’s looking good, the theme comes from the objects telling a story to the viewer so I suppose what you want to convey would be just as important.


Each piece has its own form filled out TWICE

I would ideally like to sit down with the curators I’m working with and try to incorporate a couple of stories into the exhibit I’m not wanting to sound brash but even I know collecting the amount I have is a little bit special, this comes from choosing diversity,Debt, and as it stats in my ebook that tenacity and the guts to ask sellers to work with me.

I would not want to scare the public by telling them how my illness started but I believe it pays a role in the advocacy of mental wellbeing, and to basically show the world not all people like myself sit around doing nothing and to also show anyone really that their dreams can be chased down and that we all fall on our feet at different stages in life.

The best

Theodore Madison one of demarks best artisans representing Denmark

My own back story will not take away anything from the breed the display itself will look so great my story will just be a prelude to a feast of figurines, art, books and the other pieces that will be on show there, this is going to be a world first and brings me on to my Final part.

Cover story

As stated this is going to be a world first the curators have researched and not found any other bulldog exhibitions held anywhere at any point in history, This offer is open to anyone, bloggers, media, freelance writers, doggie magazines, basically anyone interested in covering the exhibition, depending on your demographic a story could be either just content fodder or a really intriguing piece.

Any prestigious comings that are from this exhibition will go to my daughter it maybe my story but it’s her collection (or will be) and if it becomes a social enterprise with a future she will need to learn a bit herself about all I have done, remember all are welcome to come I know I’m speaking to the world here but if your local or can manage it we would love the support.


a piece already in daughters name

I will cover the event as well myself for my own viewers and if I’m allowed more access to the museum I will do a stage blog that way if anyone’s future lands them with their own display at their museum it’s all there in stages to read, that’s about it from me for now so stay folks and happy collecting.

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These need finishing before the display


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My Doulton pieces

Hi Readers I hope all are safe and well and ready for another blog this article is on the Beginnings of Royal Doulton that started in England in 1815, A gentleman by the name of John Doulton, soon after John Doulton had completed his apprenticeship as a potter, he invested his life savings of £100 and had partnered up with a Miss Martha jones and John watts.

They opened their first factory together in 1815 and was named Jones watts & Doulton and this partnership between the three continued until 1820 when Miss jones leftRarer White Doulton Bulldog Collectables

At the time the factory was making stoneware pieces like bottles for chemicals, beer, and other industrial liquids among others.and even made pieces like other factories for the English sewer system,

it wasn’t until late 1853 when John Watts came forward with he’s announcement of retirement and in 1853 the companies trade name changed to Doulton & Co. John had the main percentage of the business and started to give it a new lease of life.

Henry Doulton

John Doulton had a son that when old enough went to work at the factory, Named Henry , in 1846, Henry had set up an independent Lambeth Pottery which had become the leader in industrial products,



particularly sanitation products. Following the retirement of John Watts in 1853 John and Watts merged with Henry’s company to become Doulton and Company and was highly recognised for its lines of hand decorated figurines vases and dinnerware

Henry had the idea to invite select students from the Lambeth school of arts and invited them to come and learn at the factory too.

Research states that other artists followed suit and for your reference those were, Eliza Simmance. Frank Butler, Mark Marshall Barlow family (Florence, Hannah, and Arthur), and George Tinworth to name but a few fit that period of time.

The best pottery houses back then were not found in London they served the capital with amazing ceramics but the heart of pottery back then was in a county called Staffordshire, Wanting to be seen as part of this world John went up to see what if he could give Doulton & Co a new lease in Staffordshire.

In 1882, Doulton purchased the small factory of Pinder, Bourne & Co, and finally had he’s own premises which placed he’s business in the region known as The Potteries and the start of a great future.


Doultons lots a doulton

Not as rare as folks say

As time moved on Henry had passed day to day workings on to a gent called John Slater whom was working with a designer called Leslie Herradine whom was prolific and loved making vases, character jugs, and decorative pieces, it was this artists skills that caught the eye of king Edward v1 and then gaining what’s called the royal warrant.

Henry was made a sir not long after and allowing he’s business to adopt new markings and a new name, Royal Doulton. The company added products during the first half of the 20th century while manufacturing fashionable and high-quality bone china and new concept pieces using different forms of glaze etc.

The company continued trading until when it closed due to clean air regulations preventing urban production of salt glaze. Following closure, work was transferred to over to the potteries in Staffordshire,

with the original building demolished in 1978, research states that some of the building was saved as a famous architect had designed it and Gilbert Baize had creating friezes that were taken down prior the demolished building and placed in a museum.


Set of 3 White Doulton Bulldogs

Read links to find out why they came in threes

If you look under many pieces you find the stamp or the letters H and N, HN is named after a gentleman called Harry Nixon whom worked for them (1886-1955), he was the head of the painting department who joined Doulton in 1900. Since he arrived many pieces now include his HN and number, so now I pass you over to relatable links to finish the story on Royal Doulton from the bulldog pottery point of view

please remember that Royal Doulton are one of the exceptions of England’s past ceramics history and one of the few factories to make as many figurines as they have, below the links I will add a picture of all the pieces that royal doulton have made and this is just bulldogs.

I will not give any of my friends details but I’ve had permission to show what he’s collecting before and is a true hardcore collector of Doulton bulldogs,

Its True

I’ve known the background for a while now and respectively do not right people that think they know the history of of this most english of makers but I’m afraid Royal Doulton is no more and is now part of a holding parnership. The other two being  Royal Albert and Mintons. These brands are now owned by WWRD Holdings Ltd (Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton), based in Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent.

Royal Doulton is still world famous it has its massive following big money still changes hands and you can even find them online but if you read the small print you will see they are part of a bigger group now.


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The best way to learn about the history , price and relevance of is to research the company from top to bottom, the stamps used varied and 1815 -2005 when the orange and white one came out is a long time and many stamps for many pieces were used, I do enjoy the stories I hear about this company from overs that have only looked up a bulldog or two yet it’s me that learns from them as I go on a research campaign.

The Royal Doulton book comes out annually I think and there’s also a book price edition which keeps supply and demand high, it’s lovely when folks find a Doulton bulldog it must be like striking gold as I remember when I got my first piece, I hope you enjoyed the blog and continue on to the others to finish the story of Doulton from England.

Until next time stay safe be good to each other and happy collecting folks.

Favour to a special friend

Can I just say it’s always an honour when I mention Mr Norman Davis one of the worlds best judges show breeder champion breeder and an all round good man, Grandog as I call him wrote an auto biography last year and is a must read.

You can find this amazing story on amazon or go through me and I will see if I can get a signed copy, either way for the price of many other not so good reads you can buy a book that takes you from WW2 to the present day through the man whom loves ice cream lol, Collectibulldogs definitely endorses this book as a great read.

Brilliant read

Brilliant read


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