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Vintage Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Air Twist Wine Glass

Vintage Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Air Twist Wine Glass


Found at market in the north of England, this spectacular Air Twist Wine Goblet was produced in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  

An exquisite piece from the famed Whitefriars glass studios, this goblet has a grand stature and a captivating multi spiral air twist stem. With its flared trumpet bowl beautifully engraved with The Queen's monogram and the date of her coronation, it would have been considered a celebratory glass deserving pride of place.

Regal and rare, this majestic goblet will certainly elevate both your barware and coronation collection. Cheers to The Queen! 

With great heraldry and poignancy, 2022 marked both The Platinum Jubilee Year of Her Majesty The Queen and The Queen's passing. Through an unprecedented 70 years of service to her people, Queen Elizabeth II remains distinguished as the longest reigning monarch in British history. With her passing on September 8, 2022, the world mourned the loss of a monarch for the ages, as well as a cultural icon whose legacy has touched lives far beyond the United Kingdom.

Strictly one of a kind and subject to prior sale. In very good vintage condition. Measures 7.25"H x 3.5"D.

Learn More About Whitefriars Glass

In 1923 James Powell and Sons - later to become Whitefriars Glass Limited, opened a factory in Harrow, England. Relocating there from the crowded and smoggy corner of the City of London, where it had been based since 1680.

The original Whitefriars site was located close to the River Thames. This meant that sand, clay, coal and other materials used in the glass making process could easily be transported to the factory. This useful location had previously been a monastery of the Carmelite Fathers (founded in 1241), whose white habits earned the monks the nickname ‘White Friars’.

But with limited room to grow, the firm began construction of “the largest and most extensive glass works in the world” in Harrow, on the North West edge of London. A flame from the original factory was used to light the new facility's first furnace, continuing the burning of the flame from the city glasshouse furnaces which had burnt continuously since 1680.

In 1962 the firm was renamed Whitefriars Glass Limited. And the following year the modern, recognisable logo of a stylised friar was introduced. Harkening back to the original site of the glassworks in the City of London.

In October 1980, after 300 years of glassmaking, the Whitefriars Glass Factory finally closed its doors. Following this closure, the site was cleared and the buildings demolished.

Despite its closure, Whitefriars continues to be recognized as having been a world leader in the glassmaking industry; famous for its iconic designs and colors. Whitefriars produced beautiful objects combining the effective use of modern machinery and ancient methods and continues to be valued for its quality and beauty.

Learn More About Queen Elizabeth's Coronation

“Sirs, I here present unto you Queen Elizabeth, your undoubted Queen...”  

"God save Queen Elizabeth!"  

Queen Elizabeth II was born the first child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Albert, or as the world came to know him, King George VI. Prince Albert, the Duke of York, was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. When King George V passed in 1936, Prince Albert served and reigned as King George VI, King of the United Kingdom.

As his health declined in 1951, Elizabeth started to assume the presence of her father King George VI at various public events. In October of that year, Elizabeth toured Canada and the United States, carrying with her a draft accession declaration in the event of the King’s passing. In early 1952, Elizabeth and her husband Philip set out to tour Australia, New Zealand and Kenya. On February 6 1952, Elizabeth had returned to her Kenyan home when she had heard the news - King George VI had passed and she was in line to serve as Queen. Ruling under the regal name, Queen Elizabeth II, she and her husband, who had become the Duke of Edinburgh, reigned over all of the United Kingdom, taking residence in Buckingham Palace.

Although the newly ascended monarch was officially proclaimed Queen Elizabeth II, her coronation ceremony was held more than a year after her accession. True to tradition, celebrations such as a coronation were not considered appropriate during a time of mourning - both King George VI and her grandmother, Queen Mary, had passed within the months leading to her coronation. As stated in her will, Queen Mary was firm in her statement regarding the planning and coronation of Elizabeth II, stating her death should not interfere with the planning of the ceremony. It was on June 2, 1953 when Elizabeth received her coronation ceremony in the promise to uphold the laws of her nations and govern the Church of England.

Adorned with the Imperial State Crown and holding a scepter with the cross and orb, Elizabeth had officially become Queen of the United Kingdom. As she made her way out of the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, the crowd proudly sang “God Save the Queen”.

Learn More about Coronation Memorabilia

As a means to commemorate historic events - including coronations; silver, golden and diamond jubilees; royal weddings and royal visits to distant lands - artisans and craftspeople were commissioned to create beautiful pieces of memorabilia. Highly collectable, they are much more than mementos of an event long past. They are lovely pieces created to capture the spirit of their time as much as they capture our imaginations today.

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