The Tale of 2 Kings. (Click Title to read full blog)

In our glass stock there are two very important colour twist goblets. These are almost a pair in terms of their similarity, but in terms of their historical pairings they are of immense collector interest. Strangely they each carry the same cypher but for different kings yet look almost identical. And this is because these brothers each reigned on the same throne in consecutive years and both brothers were intended to be crowned on the same day! This tale is one of the most bizarre royal stories in the British history of royalty and was to become the greatest constitutional crisis in our modern history.

George V died on the 20th January, 1936 on which day his eldest son became Edward VIII. But only months into his reign he caused a constitutional crisis by proposing to a Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee. This placed the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang, as well as the then conservative government in an impossible position. Baldwin threatened to resign the whole government and Lang bitterly opposed the union. Edward VIII insisted on the marriage and, after only 326 days as king was forced to abdicate on the 10th December, 1936. On the 11th December his younger brother became George VI and on that same day Edward reverted to the title of prince and became Duke of Windsor. On the 12th May, 1937 George VI was crowned on the day originally chosen for the Coronation of his older brother.

These almost identical goblets therefore confirm this remarkable story. Whitefriars, the famous London glassmakers were already producing goblets for the Coronation and the Edward VIII version, shown here as stock number 1665 had already been produced. Clearly commemorative glassware for the Coronation was already in production before the date of the abdication on the 10th December, 1936. Hence when George VI became king on the 11th, new commemorative ware had to be produced, See 1666. Clearly Whitefriars simply continued to produce the commemorative goblets but just changed the relevant details to George VI, with the same cypher. The date of the Coronation could remain the same.

These royal commemorative goblets as a pair, are of huge historical importance and are likely to be extremely rare. Neither appear often on the market and we have no knowledge of them ever appearing together. If you have any further interest you can contact us via the stock pages for these glasses. Editor.

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