Many visitors on a day out to Winchester in the late 19th and early 20th centuries would have purchased small china souvenirs such as this loving cup as mementos of their visit.
This crested souvenir cup was sold by Mrs Emily Yalden who owned a shop selling china and glassware at 17, The Square, Winchester between 1887 and 1914. The cup displays the coat of arms of Winchester College, one of the popular symbols of Winchester to appear on souvenir china at the time.
Souvenir china miniatures come in many forms. This is a miniature of a three-handled loving cup. Loving cups were traditionally shared between guests at ceremonies such as weddings and banquets.
Perhaps the most popular souvenir china was manufactured by the Falcon Works at Stoke-on-Trent started by William Henry Goss in 1858. The Goss (and later in the 1930s Robinson) souvenirs were often made in the shape of city landmarks and were decorated with the coat of arms of the city represented.
By 1910 it is believed that some 95% of homes in Britain owned an example of crested souvenir china [source Goss Collectors’ Club website].
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