U.S President Bunnykins teapot

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2015-06-26 10:30:29

A U.S President Bunnykins teapot is a novelty teapot produced by the British manufacturer Royal Doulton.

Background

The Royal Doulton Bunnykins range began life in 1934 as decorated tableware. The designs were based on artwork by Mary Barbara Bailey, a nun and daughter of the company’s general manager Cuthbert Bailey.

The characters were popularised when Bunnykins china was used in the British Royal household by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, and have remained successful ever since. They were soon reproduced as a range of figurines, and since the 1960s have appeared as a number of famous historical figures.

The Royal Doulton U.S President Bunnykins teapot

The teapot is part of Royal Doulton’s range of ‘Bunnykins Teapots of the World’, and was produced in a limited edition of 2,500 in 1995.

It measures approximately 8” tall, and depicts a rabbit dressed as the American patriotic figure Uncle Sam in a blue jacket, red bow tie and a red, white and blue stars-and-stripes top hat. It holds a black cane in its left hand, and carries a copy of the Declaration of Independence under its right arm (which acts as the teapot spout).

The teapots were marked with the Doulton backstamp, and have the design number D6996.

How much is a U.S President Bunnykins teapot worth?

As part of the ‘Teapots of the World’ range, the U.S President teapot is popular with collectors due to its limited production run. Mint condition examples in their original boxes can be found on auction sites such as eBay for around $70- $100, with good condition examples without boxes selling for $40 - $50.

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