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Coronation jewel poses questions for readers

By dan shaw  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

Is this brooch a coronation souvenir and how old is it?

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THE recent 60th anniversary of the queen’s coronation has prompted several Bugle readers to dust of their collections of royal memorabilia and souvenirs of coronations past. These pictures have been sent in by Janet Dugmore, who hopes that readers will be able to tell her more about them.

Janet writes, “Further to your article in Bugle 1085 pertaining to the coronation book, I have a coronation brooch found in my late father-in-law's possessions.

Coronation “He was born in 1907, so I am not sure which coronation it was for or whether it was given by a school to children or by another organisation.

“I enclose a photo of brooch and the box it came in. The brooch is brass with glass gems set in a crown, with a red, white and blue striped ribbon.

“Printed on box lid is the name and address, A.G. & J Betteridge, Jewellers, 34 to 37 New Street, Dudley.

“I have checked Kelly’s directories for Dudley to try to establish dates of this item and whose coronation it was for. The details I have found are: 1896, Julia Betteridge 32- 37 New Street, Dudley; 1921, A.G. Betteridge, 34-37 New Street, Dudley; 1928, A.G.

Betteridge, 34-37 New Street, Dudley; 1932, A.G. Betteridge, 37 New Street, Dudley; 1936, A.G. Betteridge, 14 New Street, Dudley; and 1940, A.G. Betteridge, 14 New Street, Dudley; Brooch “I do not think the brooch is from the 1953 coronation, as the address is incorrect.

And neither is it from the 1937 coronation, for the same reason. So, I think it is either the 1902 or the 1911 coronation.

I wonder if your readers know more.” Can you help Janet? Perhaps you have another brooch or something similar and can date her brooch to either the coronation of Edward VII or that of George V.

Edward VII’s coronation was scheduled for 26th June, 1902, but two days before it he suffered appendicitis and had to be operated upon, so his crowning was postponed to 9th August.

George V’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22nd June, 1911.

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