In addition to the backstamp, there is a mark stamped into the porcelain, but I was unable to read it (I think it says "Doulton" through the middle of it). I was unable to find any other pieces of this older pattern anywhere on the web and this is the biggest platter of all measuring a huge 17 1/2 inches long and over 14 inches wide. The platter is in excellent condition for its age with only minimal loss of pattern and no chips, cracks, or crazing that I can see. There is a moderate loss of the gold banding around the platter that I tried to show in the pictures.
There are a few minor nicks in the rim and the fifth picture shows what I thought was the worst one, but it looks like it is probably an original imperfection on the piece. There are some flea bites in the glaze on the face of the platter and a uneven feel to the glaze in the center of the face of the platter that are both original to the piece.The pictures of the back of the platter show a few brown spots which are raised pieces of porcelain including one where the backstamp is. These are original to the piece, too. Even with the above points, I think that this platter looks fantastic for its age.
The blue color is strong and the glaze still shines beautifully with only minor surface scratches on the face of the platter that are hardly noticable. I had to use the top shelf in my china cabinet and I had thought that I could use the bottom shelf. Also, the heavily scalloped sides make it difficult to balance the platter on its side. It wants to tilt to the left or right unless it's supported. In my cabinet I used a foam peanut on each side of the center of the platter to provide this balance.This is a beautiful example of antique Royal Doulton china dinnerware. ITEMS ARE DESCRIBED to the best of my ability. If you have any questions, please send me an E-Bay message prior to purchasing. The item "Royal Doulton- Josephine (1902-1922)- 17.5-inch Platter" is in sale since Saturday, September 12, 2009. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Ceramics & Porcelain\Platters & Trays". The seller is "chuckandphyl990" and is located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.