Thursday, April 28, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II Teacups

Queen Elizabeth II was of my mother's generation.  As a loyal Canadian, mother had a fondness for English royalty and especially for the Queen.  Mother was proud that a young woman near her age was crowned Queen of the British Empire.  Throughout her life she retained this affection and followed happenings of the Queen throughout her life.

While on the subject of royalty, I thought I would share the rest of my collection of English commemorative tea ware.  These are teacups and saucers that commemorate the Queen's coronation and a trip to Canada a short time thereafter.

This simple teacup and saucer commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  The outside has her royal cypher.  Inside the teacup is her picture surrounded by a royal lion and unicorn.  It is Royal Albert Bone China, England.

This teacup was created to commemorate a trip that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip made to Canada.  On the base it says it is Royal Albert Bone China, Made in England to Commemorate the Royal Visit 1959.  The word Canada is placed on the front under their picture.

Victoria C & E, Bone China, England.  Inside the brim are words that say "HM Queen Elizabeth II.  Additionally, on the front are the words Coronation June 2nd 1953.

The bottom of this teacup has these words:  A Perpetual Coronation Memento Specially EIIR Designed by Hammersby; Bone China; Made in England 1953.  Inside the brim of the cup are the words:  Long life and happiness to her majesty.

This little silver spoon is special to me because it was given to me by a tea friend.  It features a crown-shaped point, along with an embossed profile of Queen Elizabeth II and the word Coronation and the year listed as 1953.

Lastly, is a coronation plate that was a Christmas gift from my father one year.  He found this plate in an antique shop while on a trip across Canada several years ago.  There are three markings on the back of the plate.  One is of a crown with the words Johnson Bros. Made in England and the words Old English above the crown.  Beside it is a seal with the Union Jack in the center and words that designate this as an "official design".  The third marking is a crown in gold and red with Queen Elizabeth's official royal cypher below it.  The words which surround the picture of Queen Elizabeth designate this as a Coronation June 2nd 1953 plate.


  1. I notice that your father has helped your collection along a couple of times. That's so sweet. What a lovely young couple Elizabeth and Philip made. At least, I've always thought so.

  2. What a fun collection you have. They were selling Prince William and Kate tea pots and tea cups at the Queen Mary Tea room. We didn't end up buying anything but some hot Royal Romance tea in a cup.

  3. That's a fabulous collection!

  4. Thanks for sharing your royal collection. As a Canadian, I really like the 1959 Royal visit teacup. The spoon is also very pretty...what a nice gift.

    Oh, and I'm glad to hear you'll be watching the Royal wedding, too. :o)

  5. Oh I so enjoyed your beautiful Royal China collection. My goodness ..I have one special tea cup posted for tomorrow. ..a little different from yours but of the same era. So very special. My mom was like yours. ..very fond of the Queen and I suppose I follow after her.

  6. Such treasures you have! And what a grand occasion for sharing them. Looking forward to the big event tomorrow. One of my daughters is a hopeless romantic and will be setting her alarm to watch the royal wedding. I on the other hand will be content to watch after my husband leaves for work...

    Blessings, Debbie

  7. What a great collection LaDonna. Thanks for sharing it... and its history. Wasn't the wedding simply grand!?


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