Learn about Commemorative Ware

Commemorative ware comprises items that are made to commemorate an event within a short time, before or after its occurrence.

Manufacturers have never been slow to exploit the commercial possibilities afforded by the tourist trade, or by events of national or even local interest, and souvenirs and commemorative ware offer the collector a wide and varied field.

Although commemorative pottery was known to exist from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the industry really got under way with the invention of transfer printing in the 1750s. George Ill's jubilee in 1809, the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, and George IV's coronation, were among the earliest events to be commemorated on a large scale by the ceramics industry.

Thereafter coronations, royal weddings, births, jubilees, etc have all been memorialised on china. In the Victorian period commemorative wares were produced in ceramic, glass, wood, papier-mache, stone, metal, ivory, and many other materials.

Much commemorative ware is based on important events - coronations, weddings, anniversaries, visits - in the lives of the British Royal family. more...
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A Queen Elizabeth II Royal presentation silver and gold cigarette box by Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1972, decorated with reeded bands within floral cast borders, the hinged cover embellished with EIIR coronet in gold, enclosing gilded interior, 396 grams

Matthew Garrett 18ct gold medallion set, the Royal Visit 1973, Sydney Opera House & Opening by the Queen 20 Oct 1973, minted in Australia, 46.7 grams

Matthew Garrett 18ct gold medallion set, the Royal Visit 1973, Sydney Opera House & Opening by the Queen 20 Oct 1973, minted in Australia, 46.7 grams

Bronze bust of Edward VII by Sydney March, for Elkington & Co, c.1921, in three quarter, raised on double waisted pedestal, incised signatures verso, height 20 cm

Two Coronation pressed glass-pieces, together, with Jubilee pressed glass dish, (3)

Crown Derby twin handled cup and cover, commemorating the marriage of 'The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer', decorated with the Royal plum surrounded by gilt and cobalt decoration, height 23 cm

Three Wedgwood Jasperware plates, commemorating Australia's Americas cup, South Australian Jubilee and Americas cup Defence plate, boxed, (3)

Royal Vienna porcelain box and cover, of bun form, painted with an image of Queen Victoria, surrounded by a gilt border, diameter 7 cm

19th century English jug, c.1940, commemorating the marriage of Queen Victoria, of baluster form, together with Queen Victoria jug and King George V character jug, (3)

Copeland Coronation of George V and Queen Mary, together with Victory and Peace 1919 beaker, (2)

19th century Staffordshire 'Victoria' trio, decorated with black transfer images of Queen Victoria, (3)

Interesting 19th century 'Jubilee Tea Pot Stand', by Deykin & Sons, depicting Queen Victoria to front & Company information verso, together with Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII Coronation plaque, diameter 16 cm, 18 cm (2)

Crown Devon Fielding musical Coronation box, of rectangular form, decorated with portraits of George VI and Elizabeth, with God Save the King lyrics, surrounded by a border of flowers, length 21 cm

Pair of unusual Carlton Ware commemorative cups, commemorating the marriage of Prince of Wales and Diana Spencer, depicted with legs and shoes, height 13 cm

Maling Ware 'Royal Souvenir Casket' for, 'Coronation of King George May 12 1937', together with commemorative cup for Edward VIII and cup for Coronation of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra'. (3)

Two parian busts, depicting Queen Mary and King George V, both realistically modelled, height 17 cm, 13 cm (2)

Two glass portrait busts, depicting Prince Albert and George VI (Coronation) one in clear glass the other in amber glass, height 15 cm, 12 cm (2)

English Jasperware portrait plaque, depicting Queen Victoria, in white on salmon, diameter 17 cm

Copeland Transvaal War/ Imperial Federation, loving cup, decorated with roundels of Britannia, Queen Victoria, soldiers and flags, height 14.5 cm

Two twin handled Royal commemorative cups, including Paragon 'Silver Jubilee King George V and HM Queen Mary' and crown Lynn 'Coronation Souviner June 2nd 1953', height 13.5 cm, 11.5 cm (2)

Paragon twin handled Edward VIII Coronation cup, of cylindrical form, flanked by lion handles, decorated with flags and Royal armorials, height 12 cm

Early 1700'S commemorative plate for King George I London Delft, 22 cm (from port Arthur)

Large match box Lesney Coronation coach. In restored box.

Pair of Coronation toasting glasses, with hand engraving and commemorative coins at the base, height 24.5 cm

Sterling silver Royal Wedding commemorative goblet, London 1981 (Stuart Devlin), 18.7 cm high, 338 grams approx

Thomas Goode Edward VII twin handled porcelain coronation vase, approx 18 cm high

Queen Elizabeth [the Queen Mother] (1900-2002), signature 'Elizabeth R' below photograph by Dorothy Wilding, dated '1951', framed & glazed, overall 29x43cm. Also another framed photograph of Queen Mother holding koala with faded signatu

A Royal Doulton cut crystal goblet by Webb Corbett, commemorating the Marriage of HRH the Prince of Wales and lady Diana, height 26 cm

A remarkable Victorian high carat gold rope twist hinged bangle, C.1889 with inscription date. Presented by Queen Victoria to Umsheti. One of the two envoys sent by King Lobengula of Africa to be the eyes and confirm that Queen Victoria actually did exist!

A silk scarf by Oliver Messel, designed for the silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, in soft greens and silver tones, 90 cm square

Wedgwood King George V 1911 Coronation plate, 26 cm diameter

1927 Royal Visit for the Opening of Parliament House, black leather wallet imprinted '[Coat of Arms]/ Establishment / of / The Seat of Government / At / Canberra / By / His Royal Highness / the Duke of York / May 1927' in gold, with blue leather fold-out 1

Signed photograph of Prince of Wales, C:1890, (Later King George V)

Commemorative large sterling silver serving spoons, for silver jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary, made by James Dixon & Son, 1935 (2) 160gms approx

Russian Imperial jetton Empress Elizabeth, Jeton. C.1742. To Commemorate the Coronation of Empress Elizabeth.

Imperial Russian coin. Peter ‘The great’,. Jeton 1724. Copper. Minted on the Coronation of Catherine I.

A Queen Elizabeth II silver Jubilee pin dish, London 1977, 62 Grams

A Wedgwood commemorative cabinet plate of the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Dia. 23.5 cm

Walter Moorcroft, Pair of Scent Bottles, c. 1945, Anemone' pattern, decorated with a band of flowers against a navy blue ground, impressed facsimile signature and 'Potter to HM The Queen, Made in England' (2), height 14 cm. Provenance: Private

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