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Souvenir beaker - Queen Mother

2002.0021.0127

Souvenir beaker - 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 hat and dress. She is surrounded by pink roses. On the opposite side below a coat-of-arms is 'A Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 70 Years of Service to the Nation 1923-1993'. Number 123 of 750 made by Sutherland Bone China, 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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