Coronation King Edward VIII May 12th 1937

Woven by Brough, Nicholson & Hall Ltd.

Reference Number:-  
obn 40  

Ornate bookmark of flags and portrait of King Edward VIII
Image very kindly donated by
Carole Clarke, Great Britain (see bibliography).




Ornate images of shields
representing the countries of
Canada, Australia
and India


Image of flags of the
Union Jack and the Royal Standard


portrait of the Future King


King Edward VIII

Ornate images of shields
representing the countries of
Great Britain,
New Zealand and South Africa




Size of Silk:

25.0 cm long by 6.7 cm wide

Alternative back-ground colours:
Credit woven on reverse top turn-over:

Following the death of his father, King George V, Edward was proclaimed King, and his coronation was set for May 12 1937. All the plans were made and Brough, Nicholson & Hall designed the special bookmark above.

However, on 11 December 1936, Edward abdicated the throne, and his younger brother, George became King.

As all the preparations were so far advanced, it was not possible to reorganise the coronation, and by default, May 12 1937 became the coronation date of George instead.

Brough, Nicholson & Hall had to make a hurried job of creating the souvenir bookmark for George VI and his Queen, Elizabeth. This they achieved (obn44) by simply removing the image of Edward, and replacing with George and Elizabeth, and also removing Edwards name and filling in the missing part of the flags. The poor quality of the portraits of George and Elizabeth, compared to the realistic representation of Edward is clear testimony to the short time available.

The bookmark of Edward VIII (above) can be compared to that of George VI and Queen Elizabeth [obn44] thanks to the very kind donations of these images.

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This silk item was given a new catalogue number on 3 April 2010, and a new image added at the same time. © Peter Daws
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