Saturday, January 8, 2011
Object of the Day: A Commemorative Coronation Cup, 1911
Commemorative china and other items were traditionally created to mark special occasions in Britain. These objects served as a way of providing the public with representations of popular figures of their day. Long before the days of Facebook, you could “like” a monarch by collecting commemorative objects. This bone china cup was manufactured by Royal Doulton to celebrate the coronation in 1911. The particularly fine china is decorated with gold details and bears images of George V, Mary of Teck and each of their ciphers surmounted by their respective crowns and the date of the coronation.
George V was succeeded (briefly) by his son who was styled as King Edward VIII. Thus began a rather wacky period in British Royal history. King Edward VIII abdicated the throne (we won’t get into that right now) and was succeeded by George and Mary’s second son, King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II). Queen Mary stuck around for quite a long time, enjoying the company of her grandchildren. She died in 1953 from lung cancer—just ten weeks before the coronation of her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.