Bunnykins royal doulton dating
e Bay determines trending price through a machine-learned model of the product's sale prices within the last 90 days."New" refers to a brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item, and "Used" refers to an item that has been used previously.There are a few hints when determining the age of a piece, the backstamp, the shape and colour.Bunnykins was originally designed by Sister Mary Barbara Vernon, and her name is seen on wares up until the mid 1950’s.Early examples from 1934-1937 may just have the Royal Doulton backstamp on its own with a number next to it, or just the word “bunnykins” below. The registered trademark, R in the circle was added below the bunny’s and dates the piece to between 19 on earthenware. This backstamp is usually found after 1967, English Bone China was added as earthenware was dropped in favour of bone china. People often make the mistake of thinking because it has the date 1936 on it that this is when the item dates to.
A black outline in monochrome bunnykins backstamp was used from around 1942-1948. After this, the copyright date 1988 is seen from 1988-1993, then it reverts back to the copyright 1936 post 1993.Factors other than the Doulton mark can help in more accurate dating, particularly pattern names and numbers and date codes or artists monograms. Several other Doulton marks occur in the very early stages and incorporate pattern names such as ROUEN and KEW, with some remaining in use for up to twenty years.Waltar Hayward took over during the 1950’s until the mid 1980’s, adding many of his own designs. This is the first backstamp dating 1937-1953, which featured the bunnys under the Royal Doulton logo with the word “Bunnykins” below.Early pieces occasionaly have the green Royal Doulton ‘A’ backstamp as well as shown here during 1930’s and 40’s.There is an old rule of thumb for dating Doulton figurines; where you add 27 to the small and hardly visable number to the right of the Doulton backstamp. That is not to say that your item was produced in that year but simply that the year indicated is the earliest the piece could have been produced.
Robert Allen and artists in his studio were often allocated RA-numbers for their hand-painted wares designed and decorated by them.