Highlights from the Exhibit

1911 Coronation Cup

Made to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, this tin cup has portraits of the monarchs on either side of a portrait of the Prince of Wales, who later would be King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry the woman he loved.

1937 Coronation Calendar

From our collection. The coronation was scheduled for 12 May 1937, but never took place as Edward abdicated his throne in December 1936. This booklet, printed sometime in 1936 after Edward's accession as King, lists all twelve months of the year and was probably only available the latter months of 1936. Published by A.R. Mowbray & Co.

1939 Royal Visit

A British Royal Memorabilia souvenir demitasse cup and saucer made in England in 1939 to commemorate the visit to Canada of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England.

1953 Cadbury Chocolate Tin

Colourful commemorative souvenir Cadbury chocolate enamel tin produced for the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Birth of Prince William tea set

William was the first child born to a prince and princess of Wales since Prince John was born to Prince George and Princess Mary in 1905.

History of Royal Memorabilia

Art and collectibles associated with royal dynasties, past and present, draw collectors from around the world. According to Buckingham Palace, royal souvenirs have been available a since the 1600s. Any special event results in the subject of thousands of memorabilia collected by millions of Royal subjects and fans. What separates the desirable items from plastic bunting and crown-adorned tea cosies is not only provenance, but craftsmanship.

A London delft royal portrait blue-dash charger, c1690, painted with the figure of King William III dressed in coronation robes

Prior to the event of mass production, all souvenirs would have been handmade. Those with an appreciation of beauty can recognize memorabilia as tokens of history to cherish among their collections. The beguiling mix of beauty and history are ultimately the primary reasons why anybody collects anything.

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