Posts Tagged ‘Commemorative’

A chair at the museum

January 9, 2016

Like virtually all museums up and down the country, we are chronically short of space at the moment. But as ever, we welcome new artefacts for display and this beauty arrived just before Christmas. It is shaped like a chair, but is, in fact, a small china ornament.

Crested commemorative armchair for Market Lavingfton

Crested commemorative armchair for Market Lavingfton

We can see this is crested commemorative ware and the badge on the seat is, indeed, labelled ‘Market Lavington’.

A crest for Market Lavington

A crest for Market Lavington

Perhaps the sheep in the middle represents the local breeds – the Wiltshire Horn sheep.

There is a bit of doggerel on the back of the chair.


The old arm chair

I love it, I love it and who shall dare to chide me for loving the old arm chair.

The maker was Swan China of England.


We claim no knowledge or expertise with regard to these items and to suggest it dates from before World War One is no more than a guess.

What does seem a trifle amazing is that items like this – essentially tourist trinkets – were made with a Market Lavington crest and sold by a number of local shops. This one belonged to a lady who was born in Worton and may well have used Market Lavington as her shopping centre.

A delightful item – and our curator couldn’t resist finding one of his granddaughter’s little dolls and getting her to take the weight off her feet.


Commemorative Ware

December 10, 2014

A recent gift has added another piece of local commemorative ware to our collection. In this case it is a small dish with an image of Market Lavington Church.

Commemorative dish showing St Mary's Church in Market Lavington

Commemorative dish showing St Mary’s Church in Market Lavington

The dish – about 10cm across was made by Britannia Designs of Dartmouth. We estimate it to be mid to late twentieth century – that fits with the history of Britannia Designs. The church image may be loosely based on this earlier postcard.

A postcard showing a very similar view of the church

A postcard showing a very similar view of the church


More Royal memorabilia

August 17, 2013

Many folks get caught up in the excitement that surrounds royal events. Perhaps they purchase items that later they regret just a tad. Is this a case in point?

Royal Commemorative plate at Market Lavington Museum

Royal commemorative plate at Market Lavington Museum

It’s a boxed plate commemorating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee which took place in 2002. It says it is a limited edition which might imply rarity or quality. In fact it was limited to ten days of firing which presumably means hundreds of thousands of these small plates were made. However, we are told that the plate was made…


Who ‘we’ the plate makers are, it doesn’t seem to say anywhere. But the makers thoughtfully provide a small plastic stand for display purposes.


The plate on its stand

This has arrived at Market Lavington Museum via a Market Lavington church fete. It arrived at the fete from a Canada Rise home. As we can see, it is a transfer printed item, actually, about saucer sized but we are delighted to have this piece of cheap memorabilia at the museum.

More Market Lavington Commemorative Ware

June 23, 2013

The making and selling of ‘china’ with images of a locality and the name of the place has been going on for years.  Commercial organisations have had a go. Some have worked nationally and have thus either made to order or have selected holiday destinations where visitors want to take home a memento of their stay. We have such items in Market Lavington. This little pot is an example of local commemorative ware from about 100 years ago.

Market Lavington commemorative ware from the early 20th century

Market Lavington commemorative ware from the early 20th century

This was made for and sold by Arthur Walton. It is stamped with his name on the base.


This little trinket was made for and sold by Arthur Walton

This little trinket was made for and sold by Arthur Walton

Mr Walton had the department store occupying much of the heart of the village.

A recent arrival at the museum represents the more charity end of the market. Items were ordered for a specific purpose and probably with a specific set of people as potential purchasers. This time, the item is more than a mere trinket. It’s a mug, perfectly suited to drinking tea from.

This mug has recently been added to the Market Lavington Museum collection.

This mug has recently been added to the Market Lavington Museum collection.

Items in various styles were made to raise money for church restoration during the 1980s. This is believed to be one of these items.

This one is bone china. The company named ceased trading in 1996

This one is bone china. The company named ceased trading in 1996

As we can see, this is bone china and the manufacturer’s name is visible. As far as we know this firm went out of business in 1996 so there won’t be any more mugs like this.

Church Plate

March 8, 2013

Church Plate conjures up images of old silver ware, once used for communion and now stored safely away from light fingered visitors. Well, we have absolutely none of that at Market Lavington Museum. What we do have, just given to the museum, is a plate with an image of the church on it.

Commemorative Plate given to Market Lavington Museum shows the parish church

Commemorative Plate given to Market Lavington Museum shows the parish church

The wording reads, simply, ‘MARKET LAVINGTON  PARISH CHURCH’.

The plate was made by the Argyle company.


Plate manufacturer

The plate even has a price sticker on it.

The plate still has a price sticker on it

The plate still has a price sticker on it

The plate was given in what we think was its original box and packaging. The packaging consists of pages from a ‘Drive’ supplement of the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, dated 1999. That probably gives us our best idea of the date of the plate.

Crockery like this was made and marketed locally several times so we cannot be certain as to age. What we can say is that this plate is in pristine condition.

Market Lavington Commemorative Ware

April 11, 2011

Today we feature an elegant cake plate which dates from the Edwardian era.

The plate is of pierced ribbon style with a white ground anda  pink glaze. There is a pansy decoration.

Edwardian market Lavington commemorative plate at Market Lavington Museum

 The writing reads,  ‘A present from Market Lavington’.  This surrounds a transfer of High St, Market Lavington, Wiltshire. This is taken from a photo by Mr Burgess, taken from the crossroads (Lamb Corner).

Transfer print of The High Street from a photo by Mr Burgess

Experts suggest that the plate, which has no maker’s mark, was probably made in Germany.

Lavington Commemorative Mugs at the Kings Arms

October 30, 2010

These two coffee mugs were found at the Kings Arms when the curator was given a look round. They join a growing collection of very varied Lavington commemorative ware held at Market Lavington Museum.

1993 commemorative mugs found at the Kings Arms and now at Market Lavington Museum

Sadly, we know nothing about these items, beyond the obvious – made in or for Lavington in 1993.

Can anyone help with more information? If so please contact the curator.

More Market Lavington Commemorative Ware

September 2, 2010

The latest addition at Market Lavington Museum is this tea plate, which a local resident found on sale in a charity shop.

A new piece of commemorative china at Market Lavington Museum

The attractive scene in the middle of the plate is definitely not Market Lavington. We suspect the same image was used to represent many different locations.

Manufacturer's mark on the new plate

The plate is Argyle Ware as shown on the reverse.

At first sight the style of the plate might suggest it dates from the 1950s but it has been suggested it could be from the 1980s or even more recent.

It has also been suggested that whoever sold these plates probably had to provide a minimum order so there may well be more plates like it in local houses.

Our curator has a memory that Lavington Hardware, a shop now sadly closed, sold Market Lavington badged china in around 1980 but he can’t recall the pattern on them.

So we turn this over to the public. If you can remember who sold these items and when they were sold we’d be delighted to hear from you. Do contact our curator.

Congregational Jugs, Cups and Saucers

April 12, 2010

When the Market Lavington Museum archivist visited a village ‘spring’ sale a couple of days ago, she was pulled on one side and given a collection of crockery.

Newly acquired Congregational Church china at Market Lavington Museum

These crocks are badged with ‘Lavington Congregational Church’

Logo on Congregational Church china

It is believed the items date from the opening of the Congregational Church on the south side of High Street in 1892, but they could be older for the church body was already in existence before then and remains alive and well in 2010 as Trinity Church, although the building which opened in 1892 is no longer in use.

We understand that when the church had no further use for their crockery the local football club became the owners. When they no longer needed it, various members of the club took cups and saucers as village souvenirs. We assume that 0ne such person decided they no longer wanted them and so they arrived at the sale. Now these pieces have a home in the museum and will be available for all to see and enjoy.

Newly Given Commemorative Ware

January 21, 2010

Market Lavington has several items of commemorative ware – mostly cheap china with a transfer image of the village or of a crest. Here I’ll mention some new arrivals at the museum.

Irish Kettle badged Market Lavington

This little pot probably dates from the 1920s. It stands about 5cm tall. It is cheap and cheerful Arcadian Ware made by a company called Arkinstall and Sons in Stoke on Trent. Actually, A and S were taken over by Robinson and Leadbeater in 1908 but continued to use the A and S Arcadian trade names.

Maker's Mark on the Kettle

It was not unusual for this type of china to carry the name of the selling shop as well as the maker. This little cauldron was made for A Burgess and Sons who ran their photographic business on the High Street.

The shop which sold the kettle

Commemorative Ware is still made (although I know of none for Market Lavington on sale at the moment). But another recently acquired piece dates from the 1980s. Perhaps this reflects that more utilitarian time for it is a coffee mug. Our curator was offered this item having been given a mug of coffee in it at a house in Urchfont.

Market lavington Mug

If you have items linked to Market Lavington or Easterton you would like to offer to the museum then please contact the Curator.