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Antiques & Collecting: Jackson's souvenir challenge.

Byline: Harry Hawkes

In the study of his Midland home this weekend, Steven Jackson pores over a pile of notebooks, leaflets and brochures, patiently listing details from them.

For Steven, secretary of Britain's Commemorative Collectors Society, has set himself the onerous task of compiling a complete list of the souvenirs produced to commemorate the event.

'I suppose it is almost impossible to be 100 per cent complete,' he said, 'but I would like anyone making these souvenirs to let me know.'

The listing, an invaluable as a reference work for collectors in years to come, already includes top quality china made by craftsmen at some of the finest factories in the Potteries. Some of the more exclusive items are selling for pounds 250 a plate and pounds 75 a beaker.

'Among the brighter ideas,' Mr Jackson added, ' was one from Peter Jones China from Wakefield which commissioned a china mug of the Queen and the ten PM's who have served her - Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec DouglasHome, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair.' Among the others, he added, Royal Worcester, Spode and Aynsley had produced sets which mostly showed the Queen's head with flags or emblems. Peter Jones China has also brought out, in addition to the Prime Minister's mug, a 'line of succession' mug which shows not only the Queen, but also the Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry.

However, one field which is in noticeable short supply this time is printed tins. In 1977 there were a dozen. Now, however, we have heard of only three. There is a Walker's Shortbread biscuit tin, a Twining's Tea Special Blend tea caddy and a Mackintosh Quality Street toffee tin in the shape of a Q - standing for Queen as well as Quality Street.'

Silverware produced this year will be stamped with the special Golden Jubilee hallmark and the Royal Mint has produced a commemorative pounds 5 crown piece. The coin is available at most bigger post offices at its pounds 5 face value or by completing an order form displayed at most high street banks and sending it free post to the Royal Mint.

Details of the crown piece and proof sets of the 2002 Golden Jubilee year sets of British coinage may be obtained from the Royal Mint, Freepost, SWC4202, PO Box 503, Pontyclun CF72 8ZX. No postage stamp is necessary.

top photographers Dorothy Wilding, Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, Yousef Karsh of Ottawa and Tim Graham - a galaxy of photographic talent. They are indeed attractive images.

In addition to Britain, 24 other postal administrations - mostly Commonwealth territories - have issued a miniature sheet of five stamps, four of which are exclusive. These will be particularly popular as the set with nearly 100 pictures of the Queen and her family make up a superb life history of Her Majesty.

Each sheetlet has two young and two older pictures of the Queen and the fifth stamp, common to every country participating in the issue, shows the famous Annigoni portrait.

Special mention must be made of three of Britain's offshore islands for their outstanding issues - Jersey, Isle of Man and little Alderney whose stamps come under the aegis of the nearby big brother, Guernsey Post.

The latter has produced a pounds 2 miniature sheet showing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, returning to Heathrow from East Africa on February 7, 1952. Nearby Channel Island, Jersey, has achieved a world first with its superb pounds 3 stamp. It shows Cecil Beaton's famous portrait of Elizabeth seated crowned and in her coronation robes. Real 22 carat and 24 carat gold, plus 99.9 per cent silver have been used to print the stamp.

Finally, the Isle of Man pounds 1 miniature sheet has a class and dignity befitting the occasion, using a close up shot of the Queen's head, a bust sculpted by David Cregeen.

For all those folk who have the delicate china, the shining silver and the priceless stamp collection is there anything which really is different?

Well, yes, there is. How about a brick? A what? A Special Golden Jubilee housebrick.

The Hanson Brick Company in Ripley, Derbyshire is making a three-in-one sized housebrick which bears the Jubilee crown with 'Golden Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II. 2002' in a circle round it.

They cost pounds 14.99 each and come in two colours: buff or mottled red. For further details contact The Hanson Brick Company, Unicorn House, Wellington Street, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3DZ or ring 08705 258258.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 1, 2002
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