Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee will increase the value of royal memorabilia

Coronation of glory: the Queen’s coronation in 1953

If you have a royal memorial mug gathering dust on the mantelpiece, now is the time to spruce it up and toast the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

But while most patriotic pottery is little more than a memento worth pennies, you still need to be careful when lifting that royal cup for late spring cleaning – because you could be holding a historical treasure worth hundreds. , even thousands of pounds.

Excitement around 70 years that Queen Elizabeth is our monarch should increase the value of rare royal memorabilia decades or centuries old.

The Mail on Sunday takes a look at the most sought-after collectibles from the past – as well as recently issued coins – which are most likely to see price increases in the years to come.

Ann Parker, antiques dealer and collector of royal memorabilia, says rarity is key to finding good investments. This is why historical pottery is worth more than modern pottery.

She says, “Mugs and cups tend to be the most sought-after items due to their aesthetic appeal. However, only coins kept in pristine condition are collectible.

Parker, from Hungerford in Berkshire, adds: “The love cup is a traditional favorite because of its sleek design – but over time many break because the two handles that come out of it are so flimsy.”

A limited edition Spode love mug made to celebrate the Queen’s silver wedding anniversary in 1972 now sells for over £200, according to Parker.

Originally this would have cost around £10, an increase of 1900%!

A love mug produced to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 could cost around £175.

Most Platinum Jubilee Love Cups are unlikely to increase in value as they have been mass produced.

However, if you can get your hands on a strictly limited edition, it could become sought after by future collectors reflecting on Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign. Such pottery could include a £175 Royal Crown Derby platinum love cup produced in a strictly limited number of just 500.

The royal mugs with illustrations by designer Eric Ravilious are among the most sought after of the 20th century. He participated in the design of coronation cups for Edward VIII and George VI.

Ravilious was killed in conflict as a war artist in World War II, but his skills were so admired they were copied for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

Given their unique iconic design, a 1953 Ravilious-style coronation mug can fetch £100. Other cups given to schoolchildren at the coronation can fetch just £20.

Dan Wade, dealership manager Paul Fraser Collectibles, says: “Unexpected events are often when values ​​skyrocket – and when Queen Edward VIII’s uncle became king in 1936, no one could have predicted that at the end of the same year, he would have abdicated if he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

“A Ravilious Wedgwood coronation cup had previously been made to mark his coronation in May 1937 – but this never happened.”

An example of this mug sold for £650 earlier this year. Other brands of mugs designed for his coronation can still fetch £100 – but if you find modified ‘abdication’ mugs they can fetch £200. The Ravilious cup was then hastily redesigned for the coronation of the Queen’s father, King George VI, in 1937. These can also fetch upwards of £600.

Wade points out that this is not the first time that potters have been caught off guard by royal events that have driven up the price of cups.

Edward VII’s coronation was due to take place in June 1902 but was delayed until August of the same year after he suffered from appendicitis and nearly died.

But the delay – announced just three days before his coronation – came too late for pottery producers.

If you have a coronation mug for Edward VII with the revised date of August 1902, it could be worth £200.

Royal memories date back to the coronation of King Charles II in 1661, when ceremonial pomp was encouraged after 11 years of Puritan austerity under Oliver Cromwell. Handmade Royal Plaques by English Delft marking the coronation are extremely rare and can fetch upwards of £60,000.

Wanted: The Silver Wedding Spode Love Cup

Wanted: The Silver Wedding Spode Love Cup

It was not until transfer printing for pottery was invented that royal pottery became more widely available.

King George III was the first beneficiary and plaques from his 1761 coronation can now fetch £7,000.

The Memorial Pottery Market only really came into its own during the reign of Queen Victoria, allowing loyal subjects to see who sat on the throne.

Cups for Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838 can sell for £1,000 today – because so few were produced. But by the time of its Diamond Jubilee, 60 years later, the market was awash with mass-produced memorabilia. As a result, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Cups could sell for just £30 today.

Doulton obtained his Royal Warrant in 1901 from King Edward VII. He’s not the only great potter to consider when buying commemorative coins.

Other major manufacturers include Minton, Royal Crown Derby, Wedgwood, Royal Worcester, Coalport, Copeland Spode, Moorcroft, Davenport and Royal Delft.

Unpopularity can also pay off for collectors of royal pottery. For example, when the “Mad” King George III died in 1820, the nation did not mourn him much.

When his womanizing son George IV ascended the throne, respect for the monarchy was at an all-time low and no one wanted to buy commemorative porcelain to mark the occasion. As a result, few cups were purchased and survive to this day. Due to their rarity, these can sell for £3,500.

Items with errors can also result in high prices. Del Boy, of TV sitcom Only Fools And Horses, is said to be proud of the 10,000 misspelled porcelain pieces sold last month commemorating “the jubbly platinum”.

These were originally sold by Wholesale Clearance UK for £20. But collectors who spotted the error started buying them and they were later offered for sale for up to £300 on auction sites.

Whole Clearance UK says it almost sparked a bidding war among collectors.

Humorous unique pieces can also add to the appeal. A Spitting Image Prince Charles mug that cost £2 in 1981 can now fetch £400. The cup is rare because its pottery ears protruded so much that they broke easily.

A limited edition ‘Annus Horribilis’ mug from 1992 can sell for £100. This cup was crowned with holly to show how hard times the Queen was going through – Andrew and Fergie split up and Windsor Castle caught fire.

Although recent times have been difficult for the Royal Family, this is a year to celebrate one of our greatest monarchs.

And the icing on the cake? £44,000 for Diana’s bike

It’s not just the pottery that’s valuable – other unusual items related to the royal family and events are also highly sought after.

Dan Wade of Paul Fraser Collectibles says, “If you want to enjoy the memorabilia of royalty, you should definitely consider buying something unusual – and avoid mass production.

“For example, a £3,000 piece of wedding cake when the Queen married Prince Philip in 1947 is only likely to go up in value.”

On your bike: the Raleigh Traveler used by Lady Diana Spencer when she cycled to a nursery school in London

On your bike: the Raleigh Traveler used by Lady Diana Spencer when she cycled to a nursery school in London

A slice of cake from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding went under the hammer for £5,500 in 2014.

The cake from the 1981 wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana sold for £1,756 in 2012, while a slice of 1840 fruitcake from the nuptials of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert cost £1,500 in 2016.

Items that once belonged to royalty can also prove valuable collectibles – as long as their provenance can be proven. A Raleigh Traveler bike, right, once used by Lady Diana, sold for a record £44,000 last year – after being bought for £9,200 in 2018.

The so-called ‘bike of shame’ was used by Lady Diana Spencer when she cycled to work at a nursery school in London. She was then ordered to sell it after her engagement to Prince Charles as it was not considered a suitable mode of transport for the wife of a future monarch. It was originally sold by a friend of Lady Diana for £211 in 2008.

James Grinter is managing director of the Reeman Dansie auction house, which occasionally sells royal items. He says: ‘The values ​​of royalty-related items have risen over the years and may continue – as there is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth II will remain one of our greatest monarchs.

Three years ago, the Colchester-based auction house sold a crown and ermine-lined robe worn by the Earl of Westmorland at the coronation of King George IV in 1821. It fetched a price of 4,000 £.

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