The goblet is unmarked but I have seen other examples
identical to this described as by this maker. This very impressive and high
quality item is made of blown clear lead glass that has been skilfully engraved
with a crown above the letters E.R VIII and a Tudor rose below. The date of the
coronation, May 12th 1937 features on a ribbon type banner.
The glass has a bell shaped bowl and is in the style of an
18th Century Georgian goblet. The conical foot has a folded rim and ground
pontil mark. The composite stem consists of a cushioned solid cylindrical lower
part and a large bold knop with air bubble inner. Within the stem is a real
silver threepence type coin dated 1937 and with the head of King Edward
VIII. Edward abdicated his throne on
11th December 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson an American divorcee. The
coin is hallmarked by Turner and Simpson of London with the year letter for
1936 - 37. This is a relatively rare item. It is a hand made object with minor
tooling marks and inclusions.
A similar item to this can be found in the Corning Museum of
Glass. A similar glass was made for the actual coronation of Edward's brother
George VI who, of course became King when his brother abdicated before the
event could take place. They kept the same date for George's coronation.
The glass stands 9 3/8ths inches high and has a base
diameter of 4 3/8ths inches and a diameter at the rim of 4 5/8ths inches. It
has a capacity of 400ml or 3/4 pint, a decent sized wine glass!
It weighs 717g unpacked and is in very good order with just
some minor inclusions. The glass makes a lovely ring when tapped with the
finger. This is a great glass for any collector of Royal Brierley, royal
memorabilia or georgian style goblets.
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