Dating doulton - topten eropeandatingsite
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.
There are a few hints to determining the age of a piece, the backstamp, the shape and colour.
These pieces are also generally rare, highly valued and sought after by collectors.
There are also rare examples of silver rimmed pieces around.
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.
An impressed date mark was also used on early Royal Doulton ware, which makes the piece easy to date – eg 9.39 denotes a production date of September 1939. These pieces are also noticeable by the change in colour, as the bone china is more white compared to the cream colour of earthenware. This is incorrect, this backstamp with the copyright is seen on later pieces (1976-1987).
Apparantly this was used from approx 1942-8, then the coloured stamp was used once again. The following stamp was used from 1954-58, this one says copyright 1954. R in a circle and regd trade mark is added below the bunnykins motif, this stamp below dates to 1959-75 on earthenware. after 1967 the following stamp is usually seen, english fine bone china is added bellow the bunny motif as shown here, this stamp dates from 1968-75. With this it is easy to see a more white colour to the wares.
Prior to this, the earlier pieces have a more yellow/cream colouring. the following stamp has the copyright 1936 royal doulton (UK).
Early pieces sometimes have the green royal doulton stamp as well as shown here during 1930's and 40's.
Very early examples from 1934-37 may just have the royal doulton stamp on its own with a small number next to it, or just the word "bunnykins" below it.
but they all show the copyright logo (c in a circle), which is not seen on earlier wares.
Some patterns are quite difficult to find, I have managed to collect a piece with every pattern created by barbara vernon and waltar hayward, here are a few examples of the harder to find early patterns and pieces from my own collection.
In conclusion, with the combination of factors including the pattern, backstamp, shape and colour it is possible to date your bunnykins pieces quite accurately. I often get people emailing me asking for help with their bunnykins pieces.