“ Brand: Royal Dalton / Nursing Aid: Baby Bowls & Cutlery „
The Royal Doulton Bunnykins nursery ware is a traditional set which has been around for years and many children have received it over the years. You can buy a set of a plate, a bowl and a cup or buy singular. This review is on the Bunnykins oatmeal bowl which my son received as a gift for his naming party.
It is a gorgeous traditional looking bowl that currently sits on his windowsill with his other lovely looking gifts. I will allow him to use it maybe in a few years time but at two and half he still uses plastic bowls to avoid accidents!
The Bunnykins design has been around for years after a little of digging about I found out, much to my amazement in 2009 it celebrated its 75th birthday! It all began in 1934 when a nun Mary Barbara started drawing the Bunny's for the children of her class to keep them amused. Her father happened to be the manager of Royal Doulton's Burslem pottery in Stoke on Trent. He thought that to combine her drawings with children's nursery ware, plates, bowls and cups would work. And from there it was born. I love something with a bit of history behind it, it has a great feeling.
The lovely thing about the bunnykins design is they rotate the artwork so from year to year you will get a different design. My son received his in 2008 so his design isn't the same as the one in the picture above. But never the less they are both gorgeous designs. There have been ring o roses, ticket office, Christmas designs and many more.
The bowl design we have is bunnies playing with balloons. It is a gorgeous scene. There is as always the bunnies running around the top of the inside edge of the bowl. At the bottom of the bowl is the lovely scene of several bunnies playing. There is a little colour added to this part of the bowl making it a great gift to a child. To describe this particular design there are two bunnies holding hands in the foreground skipping with a balloon in each hand. There is a largish swing with three bunnies sat in it with a larger bunny pushing them which I presume is there daddy. There is a lonesome bunny running with a balloon in his hand. In the background there is a lighthouse style spiral slide and you can just make out a bunny on the slide. I think it is a lovely design for young children it plays with your imagination.
The bowl is made of fine china and is a creamy colour which complements the bunnies. The bowls do note they are microwave and dishwasher safe now there is a sign of the modern day! As we have yet to use them I am unable to comment on this. The bowl is a six inch cereal/soup bowl. On picking it up it feels a lovely size in your hand.
As they have been going for years you can imagine some of the very old ones will now be collectable items but I think they are too lovely to give up. Ours isn't a collectable and you can still buy them new like ours for about ten pounds. They are sold in House of Fraser, Debenhams, John Lewis and many websites on the internet. You can get a new set for about thirty pounds which includes the bowl, cup and plate. They make adorable gifts for young children that will be treasured for years to come.
As far as I can remember I have owned one of these Bunnykins bowls. I have fond memories using one as a child and it was always the bowl I would look for when opening the cupboard at breakfast time. I would use it to eat my breakfast cereal before school and there was something about those gorgeous little bunnies that I absolutely adored.
These bowls are made by Royal Doulton and can easily be identified by the bunnies that appear running around the rim of the bowl. The base contain various different bunny scenes and as a child I used to love the picture appearing as I polished of my cereal.
The bowls are made from thick porcelain and are quite shallow with a flat base. They are great for children as the flat large base means they are unlikely to flip over and spill. They are solid and sit on the table incredibly well.
During a visit to my mum's house a couple of years ago after having my own children, I spotted my old Bunnykins bowl in the back of a cupboard. I swear I had completely forgotten that it had even exisited but as soon as I saw it again, all those memories came flooding back. I took it home with me and since then it has become a firm feature on our breakfast table. Both my girls adore it as much as I used to and the problem I have is which one is going to get to use it.
The bowl is still in excellant condition and the delightful bunny designs remain as vivid and enchanting as they were when I was young. I believe you can still buy these gorgeous bowls and I have definately seen them in John Lewis costing approx £12. I think they make a fantastic chrisitening/new baby present and I think I will have to invest in another just to make breakfast run a little smoothly in my house.