>> Friday, August 19, 2011
Royal Weddings, Births, Deaths, Coronations, Jubilees all inspire new souvenirs and collectibles. From books, to china, figurines, glassware, clothing, you name it. But what are souvenir items. They are, of course a way of making money, but at one point they were also used as a way of showing support for the monarchy. This is very evident in items relating to Jubilees; the earliest known English commemorative items date from the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.
The tradition of selling commemorative items to mark special royal occasions didn’t really catch on until Queen
In the last few years there have even been some recent auctions of undergarments owned by Queen
Having royal items fetch these prices is the exception rather than the rule. The sheer volume of memorabilia means that so much of what is made has little to no resale value. So much so that you have to go back to Queen
The Royal family may have rejected approval for t-shirts, towels and aprons but this doesn’t stop people from producing items.
There are some things that might have a good chance of holding their value:
Official china – mugs, tankards, plates, pill boxes. For fine bone china, there are items from the Aynsley collection. Including a hand-painted highly sought after 4 piece set including an engagement plate, loving cup with two handles, tankard mug and coaster. Though they are currently affordable, they’re likely to go up in price as the supply dwindles.
Commemorative coins are another good investment when it comes to Royal wedding memorabilia. They will be embossed with the important dates and will increase in value over the years to come especially if they are made from silver or gold or are part of a limited edition run.
Stamps are a very popular item and because the various Commonwealth countries will produce their own, there will be a lot to choose from.
Some pointers for collecting:
- Don’t buy anything that is not of a high quality. Protect your investment by buying from a reputable company.
- Try and acquire an extensive and themed collection.
- Ensure you store your collection well to keep it in mint condition. Keep anything boxed or packaged as is.
- Look out for fine bone china pieces as they hold their value. High quality china as well as hand painted versions are the ones to collect – see the Aynsley collection above.
- Cups and mugs with portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to become collectors pieces.
- Commemorative plates are another good option and will be available both before and long after the wedding to mark such events as anniversaries or the birth of their children. Those with portraits of the couple will be the most desirable.
- Portraits are the key to the future popularity of an item.
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