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Souvenir mug - Queen Mother

2002.0021.0129

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Souvenir mug - Queen Mother

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Physical description

Souvenir white china mug with two colour photographs on the side of the Queen Mother. In one she is wearing pink and in the other blue. The rest of the mug is covered with large pink and small blue flowers. '1923-1998 75 Years of Glorious Service to Her Country A Tribute to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother' is printed inside the rim. Limited Edition of 5000 made for Peter Jones China of Wakefield.

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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