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Souvenir tankard - George VI Coronation 1937


Souvenir tankard - George VI Coronation 1937

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Physical description

Souvenir white china traditional Staffordshire tankard with vignettes on the side of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother). They are flanked by flags and have a scroll above them 'May Coronation 1937'. King George's cypher is on the opposite side of the tankard. Made by St George's Fine 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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