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An older version of a figurine can command a much higher price than one which was made at a later date.
It's also important for authenticating a figurine as one lacking one of the following marks is quite likely to be a forgery. Hummel company, sometimes rare and undocumented variations have been known to surface.
Many figurines have the artist's initials stamped on the bottom. However, there are also a large number that do not have any artist identification at all, only a backstamp.
Fourteen years later, King Edward the VII issued a Royal Warrant to the Doulton factory.
When Wild's sons joined the company in 1917, they quite naturally changed the firm’s name to "Thomas Wild & Sons" and started using a mark that doesn't have circles around the logo.
Starting in 1927, Royal Albert used a wide variety of more stylized backstamps, some with the crown, some without, and others stylized with script and Art Deco lettering.
The letters "WG" below the crown stand for William Goebel, the founder of the Goebel company.
After the end of World War II the United States permitted Goebel to export figurines which had previously been prohibited for exportation.
The older Beatrix Potter figurines were made by Beswick from 1948 to 1989 when the Royal Albert backstamp was introduced.