Royal Wedding souvenirs are already almost everywhere in anticipation of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The much-awaited royal wedding has given endless reasons for buyers and sellers of antiques and collectibles to be on their toes to buy or sell antiques for the future.
Every conceivable occasion and event has been commemorated in some way or other, from coronations, weddings, war, politics (Chartism and Women’s suffrage to name just two), disasters (the sinking of the Titanic being the most obvious example), sporting events and technological breakthroughs. Not only is there a bewildering array of topics to commemorate, but the materials used to fashion these commemorative products, for make no mistake they were produced by the mercantile class as a money-making exercise, were equally as extensive. Pictures, prints, textiles, furniture (much more rare), metalware (including silver and gold coins), glass and treen were and are all used. However, the most common are ceramics.
On all the valuation days in which I have participated they are the most frequently encountered object, especially 20th century Royal commemorative porcelain and pottery, celebrating occasions such as the coronation of George V or George VI. This statement alone reveals the monetary value of these mass-produced articles and yet they are still collectable!
A budding collector can buy a little transfer-printed mug or beaker for as little as £10 to £20. As with all fields, rarity, quality, hand decoration, designer/artist/modeller, factory, form and even quirkiness all play a crucial role in determining value.
If you have been planning to buy royal wedding antiques, now is the time to make the purchase decision.