Charles Darwin Commemorative Collection

Charles Darwin Commemorative Collection

Hunters of Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, has recently taken delivery of a range of bone china ware commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth in 1809.

Charles Darwin, who was born in Shrewsbury and lived on the Mount in his early years, attended Shrewsbury School before going on to university. Later in life he travelled widely and it was during and after his voyage of discovery on HMS Beagle that he began to form his theories on the origin of species.

There are seven pieces in the collection. The first is a 28cm diameter plate which has a central picture of Darwin against a backdrop of HMS Beagle together with six cameo pictures depicting important events in his life including The Mount house in which he was born, the current library which was then Shrewsbury school, and pictures of  mammals and birds that helped lead him to his subsequent beliefs.  There is also a tankard, a five inch coaster and four pill/trinket boxes. Each feature some of the pictures from the main plate.

The collection has been designed and made in Stoke on Trent by William Edwards, one of Britain's leading ceramic designers who has been responsible for producing similar items that have commemorated The Royal Yacht Britannia, some of the Royal Palaces, as well as a special collection for Highgrove, the home of HRH The Prince of Wales.  The Charles Darwin range is expected to be highly collectable.

The collection is currently available from Hunters, at 1 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, priced as follows :
                             27cm  Plate 74.95
                             Trinket Box (four designs) 39.95 each
                             Tankard 24.95
                             Coaster 14.95

For further details please contact: Hunters of Shrewsbury, 1 Wyle Cop Shrewsbury, SY1 1UT. Telephone and Fax 01743 232823. E-mail:

Date Posted: 6th February 2009

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