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Uppdated 28 November 2008
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Oldbury is not normally considered a place where souvenirs would be sold in large numbers, but souvenirs were produced throughout the 20th century. These have ranged from ceramic items to postcards. Can you add to the items we have identified so far?


Coronation and Royalty Mugs

These mugs were presented to the schoolchildren of Oldbury district on the occasions of state. Those for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and the coronation of George V in 1911 were specifically designed for Oldbury Urban District Council, but those for the jubilee of George V in 1935 and the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 were general designs with 'Oldbury Borough Council' added to the base. No mug was issued for the coronation of George VI in 1936, coming so soon after the Jubilee, and a 'Coronation Cot' was given to West Bromwich District Hospital instead.


Souvenirs for Visitors

The souvenir cups, which were made in Germany, show two of the local landmarks, the 'Parish Church' and the 'Public Buildings'. They appear to be part of a set - are there any other designs hiding in cupboards? The slipper again shows the public buildings.

The small vase shows a WW1 tank, most of which were built in Oldbury, and this design featured on various small cups and vases produced by Grafton China around 1920.


Royal Souvenirs

The most exclusive souvenirs of Oldbury Borough were those presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited the borough on 23rd April 1957. The gifts were made of titanium metal, manufactured at Light Metal Forgings in Oldbury, a rose bowl for the Queen and a shooting stick for the Duke. They duly signed the visitors book, and their gratitude was expressed in a letter to the Mayor of Oldbury, Cllr Alfred Gunn.




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