Market Lavington Museum

A Coronation Handkerchief

Let’s celebrate Royal Wedding Day by looking back to a royal event in 1937. That year saw the coronation of Prince William’s Great Grandfather who was crowned as King George VI.

Many souvenirs were made to mark the occasion and amongst those we have at Market Lavington Museum is this handkerchief.

Handkerchief for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937

This is a machine knitted item – probably many were made – and is believed to be in a man made fibre. The patterns, pictures and words have all been made by creating appropriate holes during the knitting process. Just one colour (blue) of thread was used. The white is showing through from underneath.

This handkerchief had belonged to Elsie Gye. She gave it to our founder curator, Peggy Welch.

Elsie, formerly Miss Spiers, married James Gye in 1930 and they lived at Homestead Farm on Drove Lane. The Spiers had been market gardeners on the sands in Easterton.

We at Market Lavington Museum wish William and Kate a lovely day and a long and happy marriage.