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Commemorative mug - Royal Silver Jubilee by Lord Snowdon - 1977

Lord Snowdon Silver Jubilee Mug, © Wedgwood Museum
    Lord Snowdon Silver Jubilee Mug
    © Wedgwood Museum

In 1977 The Wedgwood Group celebrated the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s succession to the throne in style. Many commemoratives - of both limited and unlimited nature - were released to an enthusiastic public; one of these was designed by Lord Snowdon.

The declaration of the death of George VI and the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne took place at Castle Hill, Windsor, on 8th February 1952. Twenty-five years later Britain celebrated Her Most Excellent Majesty’s succession with street parties - and the production of commemoratives in many medias gave a much-needed boost to the economy. Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon had married Princess Margaret in May 1960 - a creative and innovative photographer, he had shown great interest in the artistic side of Wedgwood factory production. In 1968 he opened the new Wedgwood design studio, situated in the Roundhouse building on the Barlaston factory site, and during the course of his visit displayed a masterly skill in pot throwing. The traditional Wedgwood Queen’s ware body was selected for the production of the Snowdon 1977 Silver Jubilee mug, and a photographic portrait of HM the Queen by Snowdon was printed over glaze in black on one side. The Royal Coat-of-Arms and the legend ‘ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE 1952-1977’ was on the reverse.

  • Type of object: Teaware/mug
  • Mark: ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE 1952-1977 (Printed in black in a circle) WEDGWOOD MADE IN ENGLAND (Printed in black in centre of circle) Portrait and Design by SNOWDON (Printed in black) (Impressed) 16.11.76 805 (Written in black)
  • Year produced: 1977
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: transfer-printed
  • Accession number: 10483
  • Dimensions: 119 mm (height), 113 mm (width), 91 mm (depth)

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    Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) is Queen of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth countries. She was born as first daughter of King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and succeeded her father after his death in 1952. She was offically crowned in 1953 in Westminster Abbey. In 1947 she married Philip Mountbatten who was appointed to be Duke of Edinburgh before their wedding and gave birth to four children - Charles,Anne,Andrew and Edward. Queen Elizabeth celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in June 2012.