1981 Royal Doulton Santa Bunnykins Happy Christmas Figure
Royal Doulton Bunnykins in their
present form were introduced in 1972. Their concept was created by
Barbara Vernon Bailey who was a nun. In the 1930s, Sister Mary Barbara
regularly sent home sketches of a rabbit family to her father, Cuthbert
Bailey, who was the general manager of Royal Doulton’s factory in
Burslem, Stoke on the Trent.
Bunnykins nurseryware was
introduced in 1934. It consisted of tableware pieces. The first
decorative items were introduced in 1939 as a family of rabbits – the
first Bunnykin figures. The production of these figures was short with
the outbreak of World War II ending the production of most decorative
It was not until the early 1970s
that the idea of Bunnykins figures was again considered. Between 1972
and 1974 fifteen models were introduced and the 50th anniversary of
Bunnykins was celebrated in 1984.
1998 Bunnykins Price Guide listed the value of this piece as $40.00 to $50.00 over ten years ago
Piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing
Stamped on the bottom with the Royal Doulton seal
Also marked on the bottom:
Tableware LTD 1981
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1981 Royal Doulton Santa Bunnykins Happy Christmas Figure: $29