Cobalt blue is an indicator of the period between 18, and was widely used.
After 1865 cobalt blue was no longer in use; and overglaze enamel colours were used exclusively. By the1870's most figures were produced in white, and a less expensive form of gilding was introduced, which was painted on after firing which made it a much cheaper method of production.
I started buying Staffordshire figures when the collecting bug got me after buying three at an auction.
I don't think there could have been any Staffordshire collectors in the room at the time as I got them rather cheaply.
Some of the most famous factories have been listed separately, such as Adams, Davenport, Ridgway, Rowland & Marsellus, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Spode, Wedgwood, and others.
Some Staffordshire pieces are listed under categories like Fairing, Flow Blue, Mulberry, Shaving Mug, etc. ff3=4&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=staffordshire&lgeo=1&mpre=
Handle and look at as much authentic antique Staffordshire figures and then you will be in with a better chance of avoiding the reproduction and fakes minefield.
Mainly manufactured at the Staffordshire Potteries, these earthenware figures were also made in other English counties and in Scotland.Due to an abundance of naturally occurring coal and clay, the Staffordshire region of England is renowned for manufacturing fine china and dinnerware, though local ceramic companies also made a variety of extraordinary figurines.Staffordshire potters began producing these decorative figures during the 18th century, mostly from cheaper earthenware or salt-glazed stoneware.They are also known as hearth spaniels or fireplace dogs as they were positioned on top of the mantelpiece.Many other breeds were produced, particularly the greyhound, though the spaniels were especially popular and this is attributed to royalty favouring the King Charles Spaniel breed.