Royal Doulton Jug Translucent Large St. George and the Dragon, D6618, produced 1968-1971, 7 inches high. NO chips or cracks. For those of you who wonder about the TRANSLUCENT CHINA notation, here is the explanation from Charlton's latest book: "For a brief period between 1968 and 1973, character jugs were made in English Translucent China, a porcelain body pioneered by Doulton chemists in 1959. All the jugs had to be remodeled for this process, and so collectors will notice differences in detail between earthenware and ETC jugs. However, the most obvious variation is the size, as the china body fires about a half-inch smaller than the earthenware."
WHAT IS TRANSLUCENT CHINA? Lately we have been seeing more and more translucent china listed on ebay. Armed with Charlton's very brief explanation, sellers are shoving light bulbs in jugs and finding translucent jugs! And yes, you can see thru some jugs - some earthenware and definitely translucent china. We have been collecting Royal Doulton jugs since the 70s. We were fortunate to start our collecting in England. We are not authorities on translucent china. We have no idea what the current standard is for translucent china. We do, however, know OUR STANDARD. Royal Doulton was producing bone china dishes for the lady of the house. They were expensive. So Royal Doulton came up with TRANSLUCENT CHINA for the lady of the house who could not afford hone china. Translucent china is not bone china. It is china that you can hold up to the light and see through - sort of like bone china. In my estimation, it is not as strong as bone china and frankly, I would rather hold out for bone china dishes than settle for translucent china. Now, back to jugs. We were also fortunate to become friends with the largest seller of jugs then. Out on the moors of Devon is a charming little village called Widdecombe on the Moor. It was there my husband learned why he had two Ugly Duchesses that were not the same size. Percy promptly held the jug to the light and showed Harold the translucent quality of the jug. So our standard is basically twofold :
1). During the day, hold the jug, with your finger on the bottom, toward any window. If you can look THROUGH the jug and see your finger wiggle - it's translucent. If you cannot - forget it! During the night, hold the jug, with your finger on the bottom, toward any lamp or overhead light. If you can look through the jug and see your finger wiggle - it's translucent. We do not test jugs by putting a light inside the jug.
2). A double check would be the color inside the jug - translucent china is grayish or greenish when compared with earthenware.
3). AND IF you are lucky enough to have the same jug in earthenware - the translucent jug will be slightly smaller. I have learned that I cannot depend upon Charlton's sizes for a checking for translucent china. I suspect that in the earlier years, when translucent china jugs were unknown (70s definitely did not pay any attention to such things) Charlton probably measured ETC and earthenware jugs indiscriminately of makeup. Frankly, no one cared about that then.
Why all this chatter? We just want to make sure that a buyer is aware of our standard when listing a translucent china jug. It may not be the current standard, but it is the only way we will list a jug as translucent china. THANKS FOR READING THIS FAR!!
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