'Bunnykins' began as a range of china nurseryware from Royal Doulton in 1934.
The idea for the range was spawned when Royal Doulton Burslem General Manager, Cuthbert Bailey, approached his daughter, Barbara, with the suggestion that she design some illustrations for a range of nurseryware. Drawing on inspiration from her childhood and her love of watching the wild rabbits around her childhood home, Barbara created a family of (initially 8) rabbits performing everyday human-like activities in the fictional village of Little Twitching.
Royal Doulton 'Bunnykins' china was used by the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and thus became a popular present given as christening and birthday gifts.
These sweet little earrings are made from an original Bunnykins 'Toppling the fruit cart' china plate, but rather than showing the Bunnykins themselves, these earrings show two of their attendant mouse companions, gleefully relishing in the havoc.
Please note, this jewellery is from a much loved childhood plate. It is a little faded, and has some slight wear-and-tear, as is to be expected in tableware nearly 50 years old.
As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique jewellery is individually handcrafted by me in my studio.
The silver in these earrings is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
These small round earrings measure 15mm x 5mm deep.
The hooks are sterling silver.
Royal Doulton Bunnykins 'Mice toppling the fruit cart' small round earrings
The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver ring is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break.
The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.