Crested china Glengarry cap : First World War

Place Europe: United Kingdom, Scotland
Accession Number REL23605
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description China
Maker Arcadian China
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made c 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

China Glengarry cap. The cap has a gilded tourie (bobble) on the top and the outline of the ribbon on the back is also gilded. On one side of the cap is the coat of arms for South Queensferry, Scotland. The inside the cap bears a maker's mark for Arcadia China, Stoke on Trent.

History / Summary

Crested china collecting became a craze in the Victorian period when tourists bought small ivory coloured porcelain ornaments decorated with the coats of arms of the towns they visited to take home as a souvenir. Before the First World War companies (the most famous and the original being Goss crested china) made collectibles such as vases, plates and other crockery, houses, public buildings, cars and replicas of visitor attractions. During the war the range of souvenirs was expanded to include military caps, equipment and vehicles.