I'm not a big fan of royal collectibles, but I do make some exceptions, and one of them is for items relating to the planned coronation of Edward VIII in 1938, the coronation which never happened due to Edward's abdication. Driven by a number of factors, Edward gave up the throne so he could marry the love of his life, Wallis Simpson. As the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they lived out their lives in France and the Bahamas (during the War), rarely returning to Great Britain.
The coronation was planned and expected to be a major festive event for a country struggling its way out of the great Depression, and every major manufacturer of glass, pottery and porcelain began making commemorative items well in advance of the event so they would be stocked up. Many of these are common, but some are not. I've seen a lot of Edward VIII items, but I've never come across these before.
They're Johnson Bros earthenware in their "Pareek" body. The form is an excellent, Art Deco can demi tasse cup with a plain saucer. They're decorated with a royal blue band at the rim, highlighted in gold, and a large gold transfer of a lion, unicorn and crown surrounding a profile portrait of Edward.
The cups are 2.25" tall and 2.25" in diameter. The saucer is 4.5" in diameter.
Condition: saucers crazed, otherwise fine.
Mark: Johnson Brothers Pareek underglaze marks on underside of cups and saucers.
We have three sets; price is per set.
Item ID: 3378
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