Very Rare Vintage Souvenir Eiffel Tower Blackpool German Porcelain Cup & Saucer, Circa 1890
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This is a extremely rare German Porcelain Cup & Saucer produced, Circa 1889-91 for the Tower at Blackpool or as it was rumored at the time to be called 'The Blackpool Eiffel Tower'.
Image Printed on the Cup - Note that the image is of the Eiffel Tower placed on the Existing Buildings, Circa 1890/91
The reason behind this is that in 1889, John Bickerstaffe a Blackpool Hotelier who was interned as Blackpool Mayor at the time went to visit the Great Paris Exhibition and was amazed by Gustav Eiffel's Landmark Tower. On returning to Blackpool he quickly organised a committee of Businessmen to raise the funds necessary to build a similar Tower in Blackpool. They commissioned a design from Messrs Maxwell and Tuke, architects, of Manchester, who assured the worthy dignitaries that it was feasible, and indeed laudable, for a 500 foot tower to be built alongside the Blackpool seashore.
On 19th February 1891, the Blackpool Tower Company Limited was registered. The company purchased the land and laid out foundations, roughly around this time souvenir makers started producing wares that were printed with either Blackpool Eiffel Tower or Eiffel Tower, Blackpool as is the case with this cup and saucer.
On 29th September 1891, the foundation stone was laid, at a ceremony attended by luminaries from the borough and from numerous other northern towns, it took 3 years to build and was officially opened on the 14th May 1894 as Blackpool Tower, unfortunately Messrs Maxwell and Tuke the architects were not present as they had both died before completion.
The Cup and Saucer is made from German Porcelain, with the cup stamped simply with a round black print stamp that reads - MADE IN GERMANY. The Cup has a 'rocco' style to it with the rim made up of rolling ridges, the front of the cup is printed with the image of the Tower and its accompanying buildings, on closer inspection it is clear that this is a early example of Blackpool Tower Souvenirs as the tower structure of the image is actually that of Gustav Eiffel's Tower as Blackpool's Tower would have not been constructed. To either side of the image is blue and yellow floral friezes, with the whole area treated to a embossed/raised scrolled border, which is also present to the saucers edge. The cup and saucer have gilded edges, with the saucer being slightly more rubbed than the cup through use and handling.
Item - Very Rare Vintage Porcelain Eiffel Tower Blackpool Cup & Saucer, Circa 1890s (please see all photos)
Maker - Unknown
Stamps - Underglaze MADE IN GERMANY stamp
Type - Porcelain Souvenir Cup & Saucer
Circa - 1889-91
Construction - Porcelain
Country of Origin - Germany
Dimensions - Cup - 2.75" in height (diameter 4" inc. handle); Saucer - 5" diameter
Weight - 180 gram
Condition - The Cup is in Very Good Used Condition with a nice ring to the porcelain, though there is some crazing to the glaze. The Saucer is in Good Condition, as there are a few nibbles and rough areas to the edge and some light crazing to the centre; though these very small defects do not detract from the overall quality and rarity of this ite
Other Interesting Points - If you have any Eiffel Tower Blackpool items please feel free to contact us here at Retonthenet....we know of only a handful of items still in existence and are always keen to discover more.
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POSTAGE & PACKAGING
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|Next Day UK Delivery||£10.00|
|Signed For UK Delivery||£6.00|
|Standard UK Delivery||£5.00|
|Air Mail Europe||£7.50|
|Air Mail Outside Europe||£10.00|