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 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

A Prince & Princess of Wales' silver wedding commemorative glass plate 'Britons' Hope & Joy' 1863 - 1888

English Halllarked sterling silver Elizabeth II 'Prince of Wales' cup having a gilded Prince of Wales's feathers stem, gilt wash interior & engraved to the base 'H.R.H the Prince of Wales 29th July 1981 lady Diana Spencer', with ori

Australian album collection of photos & postcards for the Queen Elizabeth II coronation

Charles Noke for Royal Doulton, King George V and Queen Mary Loving Cup, commemorating the Silver Jubilee (1910-1935) of King George V and Queen Mary, with portrait medallion to front and rider on horse to reverse, number 180 from a limited edition of 1000

An interesting Crown Devon musical jug commemorating the Forthcoming Coronation of H.M Edward VIII in 1937, circa 1936. Playing 'God Save the King' and decorated in relief with a portrait medallion and other Royal motifs to mark Edward's forthc

A rare Queen Victoria 60-year reign ceramic tray, hand coloured and lithographically printed with portrait cartouche framed by flags of the Commonwealth, castle detail, shield cartouche panels to the raised rim including New Zealand and Australia, gilt hig

Three Paragon China Royalty Commemorative ware including a twin handled Edward VIII cup, smaller plate a/f

Royal appointment signed by Queen Elizabeth II &. Australian Prime Minister William McMahon presented to Lloyd Douglas Thomson Ambassador to Copenhagen. 52 x 42 cm. Framed

Royal appointment signed by Queen Elizabeth II &. Australian Prime Minister William McMahon presented to Lloyd Douglas Thomson Ambassador to the Hague. Framed 52 x 41 cm

A Royal Doulton Lambeth Coronation King Edward VII vase, Art Nouveau relief decoration, twin cameo portraits of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, cobalt blue, olive green and various tan tones, impressed mark to base. Heights 28.5 cm

A Doulton Lambeth Queen Victoria commemorative jug, two relief cameo portraits to the front, encircling bands detailing 'Dei. Gratia. Victoria Queen & Empress' and 'She Wrought Her People Lasting Good', cobalt, olive green and brown gla

Asprey golden Jubilee carriage style clock, to commemorate the golden jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, limited edition no.32/250. Gilt brass case, signed and dated white enamel dial, inscribed to the three glass panels and having eight day striki

Baccarat crystal sulphide medallion British Royal paper weights by John Pinches 1976, of 'Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Anne & the Prince of Wales'. Condition good, minor scratches to the bases. Diameter 7.2 cm

A George V, and an Edward VIII coronation cup, an Edward VIII bowl and a Commonwealth cup and beaker and five Victorian porcelain teacups and two saucers

Australian SAS Golden Jubilee commemorative coin in fitted case

A Boer War silk scarf showing Lord Roberts & Queen Victoria, map & Arthur Sullivan tune, The Absent-minded Beggar. 44 x 46 cm.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles commemorative goblet, 1981, approx 16 cm high

Miniature portrait of Queen Victoria signed Andre after Winterhalter, set in a timber frame. Condition good, minor age related wear. Dimensions of frame 13 x 11.5 cm