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A Memento of Winchester

Souvenir china loving cup

…mementos of their visit.

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.

Quick Facts

  • Accession number WINCM:LH 5273
  • Made in England
  • Made between 1887 and 1914
  • Dimensions Height 34mm, diameter (including handles) 50mm
  • Made of china
  • Sold by Mrs Yalden, Winchester

Facts

  • The idea of souvenir china dates back to the 18th century, when items were of high quality and often aimed at collectors. By the late 19th century the market for cheaper tourist souvenirs was opened up by imports from Germany and Bohemia.
  • Emily Yalden’s grandmother and her uncle were also china traders. Emily was born in Bentworth, Hampshire in 1844, and owned a shop at 17, The Square Winchester. She died in Winchester in 1925.
  • Between 1900 and 1921 British agents for Goss china grew from 481 to 1,378.

Did you know?

By 1910 it is believed that some 95% of homes in Britain owned an example of crested souvenir china [source Goss Collectors’ Club website].

Gallery

Souvenir china plate also sold by Mrs Yalden
Emily Yalden’s shop in The Square, Winchester
The china shop run by Emily Yalden’s uncle in Eastgate Street, Winchester

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