The contents are set out in a clear and logical manner, it is easy to find what you are looking for without even bothering with the index.

Royal Doulton collectors search for the out-of-production figurines, character jugs, vases, and series wares.

Some vases and animal figurines were made with a special red glaze called flambe. The multicolored glaze is very thick and looks as if it were dropped on the clay.

This is THE definitive reference on Royal Doulton Character and Toby Jugs.

The photographs are excellent, and the text gives not only dry detail but also colour and background, so that it is not just a reference book but also a good read.

Jug enthusiasts have shelled out a staggering £21,000 to do just that - snapping up an extremely rare collection of 'Toby' jugs depicting a range of dictators, politicians and military leaders at auction.

Among the rarest items that went under the hammer was a caricature of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, one of only three ever produced, that fetched a cool £8,280 - a record for a Royal Doulton character jug.

Other pieces that were listed included infamous Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, 'Desert Fox' Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, American World War II General Douglas Mac Arthur, ex-US president Ronald Regan and Mongol empire founder Genghis Khan.

Royal Doulton is the name used on Doulton and Company pottery made from 1902 to the present.

The company has used numerous backstamps, marks and logos over the years.