Tom Gye’s birthday mug

Our museum collection includes three mugs commemorating the date of birth of a local resident. We have already seen those personalised for May Potter and for Ethel Gye. (May Potter’s Birthday Cup and A birthday mug)

Ethel’s brother Tom was born 100 years ago in 1920 and a mug was produced for him too.

Unlike his older sister’s beautifully preserved mug, Tom’s is the worse for wear and the golden writing is hard to read.

By rotating the mug, it is just possible to make out his name, Thomas, Edward James Gye, with Born August 10th 1920 written below. Only the maker’s mark on the base is clearly preserved.

Tom will be remembered by many in Market Lavington for running the family building firm on White Street, for being captain of the bell ringers at St Mary’s Church and for being the husband of our museum founder, Peggy. For a pictorial life history, see Tom Gye.

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