Edward VIII & George VI Coronation Cups by Dame Laura Knight


A momentous and scarce piece of British history; produced in 1936 and again, hurriedly, in 1937. A pair of Coronation commemorative Cups to celebrate the ascension to the throne by King Edward VIII and, soon after, his brother King George VI.

As opposed to the habitual, more formal, designs of Royal commemorative ware, these are very boldly decorated and were the design of the renowned Newlyn School artist Dame Laura Knight. The were produced by Burgess & Leigh Ltd, of Burslem, Staffordshire. The cups are identical in design and transfer decoration, apart for the image of the monarch, with the side view of Edward on one, and the ¾ side view of George (Albert) and Queen Elizabeth on the other. On the underside of the cup is the pottery company mark for King Edward is his royal cypher with the Registration Number and DESIGNED & MODELLED BY DAME LAURA KNIGHT D.B.E. R.A., and her signature. The other cup has the King George cypher, with the pottery company mark for Burleigh Ware. The Edward VIII comes with its original certificate. These souvenir mugs rank as the finest coronation mugs ever produced. Condition is extremely good.

Edward famously abdicated before his coronation, in order to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, leaving his younger brother Prince Albert, to take his place in the line of succession, as George VI, father of the current Queen Elizabeth II.

Size: 8 x 11.5 x 8 cm (3 1/8 x 4 ½ x 3 1/8 inches)
Weight: 395 g