A Victorian souvenir of Hastings Pier

Bone china coffee cup with transfer of Pier & castle from sea.

The word souvenir in French means ‘remembrance’. Victorians were great collectors and so most visitors to the seaside would return home with some kind of keepsake from their holiday. Typically small pieces of china, such as eggcups, shoes and animals, depicting memorable scenes from the seaside towns visited. This sparked a huge growth in the production of ‘seaside ware’ or ‘crested ware’, which was the most popular type of souvenir produced.

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