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Souvenir plate - Queen Elizabeth II

2002.0021.0079

Souvenir plate - Queen Elizabeth II

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Physical description

Souvenir commemorative white china plate with with colour photograph of the Queen in the middle. Around her is 'H.M. the Queen's 40th Anniversary of Accession, 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada'. Has coat-of-arms at the top and illustrations around the edge of Banff National Park, Niagara Falls, City Hall Kingston and Parliament Buildings Ottowa. Limited Edition of 5000 made by Goss Bone China, England, in 1992.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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