Best- Hammersley - King Edward VIII China Cup & Saucer

PRICE: £65.00
CONDITION: Excellent
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A very rare cup and Saucer. The design which has been lavishly and painstakingly hand decorated is to the exacting standards you would expect from this prestigious small company,each piece carries the decorators initial and number on the base.

I don't think I have seen better royal commemorative china than this stunning set made by Hammersley in 1937 for the proposed Coronation of King Edward VIII. Many people consider Hammersley as the epitome of commemorative china,and looking at this set, you can see why.

Edward VIII reigned for eleven months,but was never crowned. Constitutional difficulties arose in regard to his intended marriage to Mrs.Wallis Simpson, and he chose to renounce his Kingship rather than embarrass the monarchy.As such this set commemorates the Coronation that never took place.

The design on the front of the cup features the Royal Coat-of-Arms beneath which is inscribed "Aceeded January 30th 1936 Crowned May 12th 1937" ,surmounted by the Imperial State Crown and flanked by the cypher of Edward VIII.

On the reverse are the Coronation and the inscription "Edward VIII by the grace of God, King of all the Britons, Defender of the faith, Long may he reign"

The cup is 2 1/2" - 70mm tall and the saucer is 5 1/2" - 135mm in diameter,it is in superb condition without any chips or age crazing and very heavy gilt.The Hammersley backstamp and the hand written decorators mark are on the base.

Hammersley china produced some of the best hand decorated commemoratives, but being a small company, production was on a small scale,as such few ever come on the market. Definitely a piece for the true connoisseur collector.
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