Crested china pith helmet : First World War

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Merseyside, Liverpool
Accession Number REL23606
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description China
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

China souvenir in the shape of a pith helmet. On one side is the coat of arms for the city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

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 had 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.