Coronation 1936

May 21, 2014

In 1936 Edward VIII became King of England upon the death of his father. Before his coronation could take place, however, he abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. His younger brother,George VI (father of the present Queen Elizabeth) was crowned in his place. In the same year, Oneida introduced a pattern named Coronation in its line of Community silverplate. This same pattern was marketed in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as Hampton Court.

This makes some sense when you understand that the design of the Coronation pattern, with its carved fruit and floral shapes,

Detail of Coronation pattern motif

Detail of Coronation pattern motif

was inspired by the carvings of Grinling Gibbons at Hampton Court.

Detail of typical Gibbons carving

Detail of typical Gibbons carving

My Internet-available American Silver Booklets document Coronation, as well as a number of other popular patterns such as Grosvenor and Lady Hamilton.  All booklets are free and can be read on-line or downloaded. Click here to see a complete listing with links.

Additional detailed information is also available at a Coronation Pattern Flatware Page on the Internet.

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