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Charming Humpty Dumpty Teacup By Aynsley, 1930s

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This charming little teacup was made in the north of England by the famous Aynsley pottery, established by John Aynsley in 1775.

The focus of this little teacup is, of course, on the Humpty Dumpty figure, that appears in the cup's centre. The illustration shows Humpty Dumpty sitting on a great wall, just as he does in the famous English nursery rhyme.

In fact, the wall is so high that passing birds stop and stare at him.

The rest of the cup is a plain crisp white except for the addition of fine gilt work on the cup's rim and pretty handle.

This collectable gem would make a fabulous Christening or birthday gift for a small child, but would be equally loved by grown up nursery rhyme and "Alice in Wonderland"/"Through The Looking Glass" admirers.

The ceramic mark, featured on the cup's underside, dates the item as being produced some time between 1939 and the early 1950s. The mark also confirms that the cup has been made from bone china and made by Aynsley.

The teacup is in good vintage condition with no chips, crazing or cracking, but there are signs of wear to the gilt along the cup's rim and to Humpty's hat within the cup.

Please note that the darkening that appears around Humpty's lower face in the images here, is shade and does not appear on the cup itself.

Vital statistics:

Height of cup: just under 6 cm

Width of cup, not including handle: just 10cm

The Fairytale Bit: Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, one of the best known in the English-speaking world. Though not explicitly described, he is typically portrayed as an egg. As a character, he has appeared in, or been referred to in a large number of works of literature and popular culture, particularly in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass".

Below is the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

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Charming Humpty Dumpty Teacup By Aynsley, 1930s


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Material: Bone china
  • Ships worldwide from Cambridge, United Kingdom
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