- Held At: Wolverhampton Arts and Museums
- ObjectNumber: M239.13
- Object Name: Tumbler
- Date: 1953
- Number of Objects: 1
- Production Place: Smethwick
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- Summary: A pale blue commemorative tumblers celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Description: This is a commemorative tumbler celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953 made by Chance Brothers in Smethwick. It is made of clear glass coloured pale blue through transfer printing. The glass features a stylised version of the royal coat of arms in full colour. A banner featured below this in red with the inscription "CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II JUNE 2ND 1953". The rim of the tumbler is gilded. Chance Brothers Ltd was established in Spon Lane, Smethwick in 1824 and the company continued as a family business until the 1930s when Pilkington began its links with the company. Over the decades Chance Brothers diversified many times always willing to embrace new ideas and technologies, they introduced the blown glass cylinder method for producing sheet glass, established a chemical plant near Oldbury, produced coloured and ornamental glass such as these glasses, produced optical and dioptrical glass, produced lighthouse lenses used all over the world, became pioneers of dark lenses for UV protection alongside Sir William Crookes and produced Cathode Ray Tubes for new technology like the television. The company was acquired by Pilkington in 1952. In 1976 the production of rolled plate production stopped in Smethwick but they continued producing micro slides, tubing and Fiesta domestic glassware until 1981 when the site closed. Two notable commissions are that Chance Brothers glazed the Crystal Palace for the Great Exhibition in 1851 and reglazed the clock faces of the Elizabeth Tower in West Minster (Big Ben) in 1956 after war damage.
- Terms:Royal family
- Terms:Black Country
- Terms:Miscellaneous Historical Objects
- Colour: Blue Red White Yellow
- Dimensions: Height: 120 Diameter Top: 73mm Diameter Bottom: 57mm
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