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Queen’s Birthday celebrated in Japan

The largest number of orders for Burleigh’s limited edition commemoratives to celebrate the Queen’s 90th was from Japan

The week of the Queen’s 90th birthday, iconic British potters Burleigh have announced that by far the largest orders for its limited edition commemoratives to celebrate the 90th Birthday of HM The Queen have gone to Japan.

Burleigh’s creative director, and popular face from TVs Antiques Roadshow, Steven Moore, says, “I’ve always known that the Japanese love Burleigh and the UK, but I didn’t think that they were going to be such big fans of our Queen too. We are delighted to help celebrate this milestone in Japan.”

The Stoke-on-Trent firm has created limited editions of just 500 Cups and Saucers and 1,000 Mugs, each has its own certificate which is numbered and signed by the decorator. Both pieces are presented in specially commissioned gift boxes which, like Burleigh, are handmade in England.

Burleigh’s managing director Sebastian Lazell added; “Burleigh has a long tradition of making Royal commemoratives and it is fascinating to think that the clay used to make these pieces was mixed in the same machines that created the clay for Her Majesty’s Great, Great Grandmother Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee; a unique lineage.”

This new design for these special commemorative pieces is based on two designs from Burleigh’s archive. The “EIIR” cypher is taken from a design originally produced for the Coronation in 1953 and the border is from a design called “Cameo”, introduced in 1951.

These original designs needed to be re-engraved, which was done in house by Burleigh’s master engraver Christopher Glendinning, the last working engraver in the pottery industry.

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