CHINA CORONATION MUG

Godalming Museum, ref: B002.81

 

This commemorative mug was produced for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, June 22nd, 1911. It was made by Shelley with transfer-printed decoration in colour; images of the King and Queen, the Union flag , the crown and sceptres and intertwined roses on one side, black and white printing on the back with the town coat of arms, "Borough of Godalming" above, "A. Monroe M.A C.I.E Mayor" below and "Coronation" and "Celebration" down either side. The base of the mug is marked with Shelley's trade mark and "Candlin's China Shop". These cups were clearly mass produced by Shelley for the coronation and it appears that the local china retailer transfer-printed local details onto them.

From Museum records it would appear that the mugs were given out by Godalming schools. This one was given to Donald Covey when he was eleven. He later worked as a baker in Farncombe, remained living in Godalming all his life and died in May 2002, having kept the mug intact for over ninety years. It was presented to the Museum after his death.

For mor images, see the Accession and Coronation of King george V

 

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