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J. Lyons & Company was a catering and food-manufacturing company first organized in England in 1887, where it began operations as the supplier of catering to the Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Mining, Engineering and Industrial Exhibition, held to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, showcasing Newcastle as "the Metropolis of the North of England".(1)

J. Lyons went on to operate further catering events, some at particularly important locations, such as at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace Garden Parties, London’s Guildhall; where the Lord Mayor’s banquets were held, Chelsea Flower shows, and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. (2)

Opening its first Lyons teashop in Piccadilly in 1894; the first of over 250 teashops that were opened within many English cities and towns, during the 1920s and 1930s J. Lyons diversified within hotel management, tea estates in Africa, meat pie companies, ice-cream companies, jam and soft drink factories, and confectionary manufacturing. They were also the first to introduce frozen food to the British public.

J Lyons & Co issued this Souvenir Tea Caddy Tin in 1953 to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Although it is not permissible to use photographs of the royal family for advertising purposes, manufacturers are granted to reproduce royal portraits on souvenirs for state occasions. (3)

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon, took place on 2 June 1953, in Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign and the sixth Queen to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth ascended the thrones of these countries at the age of 25, upon the death of her father King George VI, on 6 February 1952. The coronation was delayed for more than a year because of the tradition that such a festival was inappropriate during the period of mourning that followed the death of the preceding sovereign. (4)

Source References:
1. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/library/special-collections/exhibitions/current-and-past-exhibitions/armstrong/elswick/exhibition/
2. http://www.fcet.staffs.ac.uk/jdw1/sucfm/leo.htm
3. http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/mol-nn2900
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_of_Queen_Elizabeth_II

Dimensions: H 50cm W 28cm D 20cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Lyons' Souvenir Tea Caddy Tin,
Vintage Posser,
Vintage Biscuit Cutter,
Vintage Miniature Fluted Sweet Tins,
Vintage Bun Tins,
2 x E10 LED Cabachon Lamps,
1 x 18W 24V LED Transformer
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

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