Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thames Memorabilia

One of the most popular items of Thames memorabilia, were the china plates and jugs that had pictures of The Thames on them.  Early Thamesites often had collections of these. No doubt a wonderful reminder of their favourite town, especially when they had moved to other areas of New Zealand or overseas. Wonderful examples of these can be seen at the Thames Museum (cnr Pollen & Cochrane streets) - and are well worth a visit if you get the chance.

These items can be found for-sale at online auction sites and second-hand shops around the area. During later years souvenir teaspoons were another favourite.

Victoria Park cream jugs 
The most popular scenes were of Victoria Park and the band rotunda. While the Government buildings were also a regular view on jugs and vases. Full colour or black sketches, they were all completed in intricate detail.

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