Reproduction Commemorative mugs by St George China
I have been collecting commemorative pottery and china for nearly 50 years. Plates, mugs, plaques and so on for coronations, jubilees, war and peace, politics etc. It was around 1977 when shops were full of the Queen's Silver Jubilee memorabilia that I first noticed reproduction mugs appearing. They all had the same shape and were in excellent condition (because they were brand new).
The mug for the 1977 Silver Jubilee is a true commemorative as it was made at or near the time of the event. Similar mugs made by St George for events around the early 1980's such as the Falklands War, Queen Mother's 80th, etc are also fine.
The problem is with mugs for 1952, 1937 (Edward VIII, George VI and a mug featuring the 3 kings of 1936), 1911, 1902 and worst of all 1837/8, the coronation of Queen Victoria. Genuine Victoria coronation mugs have been worth many hundreds of pounds as long as I have been collecting.
The concern was always that as time passed the reproductions would get mixed up with the genuine ones.
What may confuse the unwary is that most of the reproductions have no maker's mark on the vase. Some are marked for St George and some have a crown. Another clue is the matching set of thimbles.
The photos on the slideshow below are all from Ebay.