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Souvenir plate - Queen Mother


Souvenir plate - Queen Mother

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Physical description

Souvenir white china plate with a colour photograph in the centre of the Queen Mother wearing a yellow dress and holding a fan. Above her is a coat-of-arms with 'H.M. The Queen Mother 90th Year' in a scroll below it. The rest of the plate is covered with pink, yellow and blue flowers and at the bottom is an illustration of Glamis Castle. Limited Edition of 5000 made by Goss 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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