How to Date a Bunnykins Plate

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Royal Doulton Bunnykins nurseryware has been a favorite of collectors for more than 75 years. As this enchanting children's chinaware steps over the border between collectible and antique, both new and old collectors want to know the history of plates, which are often passed through several generations. Fortunately, reference materials and the Royal Doulton company itself provide information that will contribute to your search for information.

Things You'll Need

  • Bunnykins Plate
  • Online and Catalog Reference Sources

Using catalogs

  • Check your public library and online book sources for catalogs of Royal Doulton and Bunnykins ware. As indicated in the links below, collectors have produced several publications that help to decode Royal Doulton china markings and dating systems. Pieces of Bunnykins ware should display clear markings on their backs or bottoms; knowing when specific marks were used will help you date your plate.

  • Use the Royal Doulton website for additional information about Bunnykins, including the history of famous designers of the line. A long-standing International Collectors membership club sponsored by the company was discontinued in September 2008. Information is now accessible without membership on the general company website, probably in response to the growing popularity of Bunnykins dishes and figurines among a wider range of collectors. While the site features current creations, one can contact the company for information on older nurseryware pieces.

  • Consult other websites directed toward Bunnykins collectors. Message boards and collector stories will add to your knowledge about your particular piece of nurseryware and possibly put you in contact with someone able to add to your collection.

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