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Antique Coronation 1902 Matchstrike

Antique Coronation 1902 Matchstrike

$250.00

Produced in 1902 to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII, this regal matchstrike is in the form of a weighty orb and features hand-colored transferware decoration of the Royal Coat of Arms flanked by classical figures representing the United Kingdom and her "dominions beyond the seas". 

Marked on its underside with the logo from the venerable British potters of Taylor Tunnicliffe & Co, the piece has a wonderfully smooth, matte finish. Surrounding the matchstick well is a textured band to allow for lighting a strike-anywhere match with ease. One-of-a-kind with a rich, handsome patina and a storied past, this exceptional antique piece will make quite the historic addition to your home.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition. 3.5" in diameter x 2.25" high. Strike anywhere matches are not included. 

Learn More About Edward VII

Edward VII was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from January 1901 until his death on May 6, 1910. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V. Before his accession to the throne, Edward held the title of Prince of Wales, and has the distinction of being heir apparent to the throne longer than anyone in English or British history. During the long widowhood of his mother, Queen Victoria, he was largely excluded from political power and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite.

The Edwardian period, which covered Edward's reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and saw significant changes in technology and society. He was known for his work in fostering good relations between Great Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called "Peacemaker". Edward, mainly through his mother and his father-in-law, was related to nearly every other European monarch and came to be known as the "uncle of Europe".

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