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Batger's Musical Toy Crackers

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Batger's and Company (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed label

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 157

This Christmas cracker label by Batger’s & Co is from the first half of the 20th century. The V&A collection includes a series of cracker labels by the firm, established in 1748. This cracker label, themed around musical instruments, presents an idealised image of childhood, with little girls in pretty dresses playing the tune to the traditional nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’.
This object illustrates the changing styles of commercial design and packaging formats over the years.

Physical description

A print showing a circular image of two little girls, one playing the violin and one playing the piano. The circle is surrounded by instruments.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1900-1950 (made)


Batger's and Company (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Printed label

Marks and inscriptions

"Batger's Musical Toy Crackers"


Height: 25.9 cm, Width: 20.9 cm

Descriptive line

A cracker label, showing two little girls playing music, produced by Batger's and Company, about 1900-1950

Subjects depicted

Musical instruments; Banjos; Mandolins; Christmas crackers; Music; Pianos; Dresses; Cellos; Sheet music; Concertinas; Violins; Trumpets


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Christmas; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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