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Souvenir teaspoon of the Queen Mother

2002.0021.0122

Souvenir teaspoon of the Queen Mother

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Physical description

Souvenir silver plated spoon with a colour photograph at the top of the handle of the Queen Mother wearing a white dress and hat. The spoon is a blue box, lined with blue flet, and with a clear plastic window in the front. Made by Exquisite, Great Britain.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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