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Souvenir beaker to celebrate the Eighty-Fifth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

2002.0021.0130

Souvenir beaker to celebrate the Eighty-Fifth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

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Physical description

Souvenir white china lion-headed beaker with a colour photograph on the side of the Queen Mother wearing a purple jacket and hat. She is surrounded by daffodils and Scotch thistle with a Union Jack above her. On the opposite side is 'To Celebrate the Eighty-Fifth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 4th August 1985'. Number 115 of 250 made by Caverswall, England.

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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