Cigarette Card, showing Life Guards uniform of 1815, card about 1930
A Players Cigarette Card showing the Life Guards uniform at the time of the Battle of Waterloo - 1815, and Peninsula Wars. No. 47 in a series of 50 cards. This is the only one of the set in the msueum collection. Cigarette cards began 1875 in the US by Allen and Ginter tobacco company. their funciton was as a hard back in the cigarette packets. Cards depicted actresses, baseball players, Indian ch
Dress, 1920s
A 1920s black long-sleeved dress made from lace and crepe de chine. This very fragile dress appears to be in two pieces but it actually one. The donor, who lived in Maidenhead, acquired the dress from someone who purchased it from the family of an elderly lady who lived near Hurley in the 1980s. Black, long-sleeved dress, possibly crepe de chine and lace. Low neckline, tiny pleats down centre of f
Steroview photograph, Goods train at Windsor, about 1900
A stereoview photograph showing part of a goods train with Windsor Castle, in shadow, in the background and the river in the foreground. Titled 'Windsor Castle, from the River' No. 445. double images like this could be slotted into a stereoviewer, and as you look through the viewer, the images would blend together and look almost three dimensional.
Candlestick, ‘A present from Windsor’, about 1900
A present from Windsor' is painted on the base of the stem in gold lettering and there is decoration on the stem of pink flowers and foliage. 'Made in Germany' is stamped on the underside. Dated about 1900. Windsor has been visited by travellers and tourists for hundreds of years. In medieval times, St Georges Chapel was a place of pilgrimage and visiting pilgrims could buy souvenirs of their trav
Postcard, Maidenhead Free Library, about 1906
A photograph postcard showing colour image of Maidenhead Free library, post stamped August 15th 1906. The postcard was probably hand painted. The Library was built in 1904. Local man William Nicholson (part of Nicholsons brewery?) donated £1000 to buy the land. The building was designed by architects, Arthur McKewan and G H V Cole. It cost £6,000. The building also housed the Maidenhead museum
Wedding dress, fabric, 1937
A wedding dress, worn by Marjorie, a local lady, on her wedding day in Windsor Parish Church in 1937. Wedding dress of Marjorie Brierley, who was married to Clarence (Ted) Finch of Oakley Green in Windsor Parish Church in September 1937. The reception followed at Castle Hotel, Windsor.
Granny Sowden receiving the Queen’s Christmas gift of coal, photograph, 1920s.
The queen's gift was started by Queen Victoria who gave food, clothing and coal to the poor of Windsor. Latterly this became just a 1cwt (one hundredweight) sack of coal. This photograph is of Granny Sowden, holding a piece of the queen's Christmas gift of coal, which she received from Queen Mary. She is sitting in front of her fire grate in Charles Street, Windsor, some time in the 1920s.
Coronation handkerchief, 1953
A handkerchief commemorating the coronation of Elizabeth II, showing Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament and edged by commonwealth flags, 1953.
Tankard, Coronation of Edward VIII, 1937.
A large glass tankard made to celebrate the Coronation on May 12th 1937 of Edward VIII. inscribed with 'The Friend of His People' and the dates of accession and scheduled coronation. On acending the throne after his father, George V's death on the 20th January 1936, preparations were made and Souvenirs were produced to celebrate the impending coronation the following year but the King took the dec
Postcard, Windsor High Street, 1920s
A Valentine photographic postcard showing the High Street and the Guildhall, Windsor when the Corn Exchange was enclosed with glazed windows. The postcard is dated as 1920s by the cars.
Curtain, 1950s.
A small curtain probably for a kitchen or pantry. Printed with a red, green, blue and yellow design of fruits, flowers and household items. This sort of bright, colourful design became very popluar in the 1950s and 60s as people began to have a little more money to spend and also a refreshing change after the rationed and dreary war years when fabrics were rationed and people were trying to make d
Saucer, Woolworths, about 1955.
A saucer from the Homemaker range made by Ridgeway Potteries, Staffordshire, produced for sale in Woolworths shops, dated approximately 1955. Items like this became popular as people began to have a little more money to spend and also a refreshing change after the rationed and dreary war years when many products were unavailable and people were trying to make do and mend. Woolworths shops offered
Tankard, 1951
A half pint pewter tankard engraved with 'St Georges 1950', but with a red glass base engraved 1951 with the Festival of Britain logo. The Festival of Britain was a national festival over the summer of 1951, celebrating the successful recovery from the devastation of the Second World War, as well as promoting British science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts. It also commem
Leather gloves, about 1920-1960.
A pair of cream coloured kid leather gloves. Kid gloves were made from the skin of kids (young goats) and the leather is particularly soft. We do not know when these were made as they were popular at various times during the 20th century, so we think they are between 1920 - 1960.
Gavel (hammer), Victorian
Music Hall Chairman's gavel, made from wood from a yew tree in Clewer Churchyard. We do not know where the music hall was or when but it is thought this gavel is Victorian in date. This gavel is one of a large collection of objects all relating to Clewer, Windsor, which was originally on display at Clewer Museum in the Lodge of St. Andrews Church, Clewer. The exhibition closed in the early 2000s.
Ration book, 1947
An unused World War 2 clothing ration book from 1947- 48. one of a large collection of objects all relating to Clewer, Windsor, which was originally on display at Clewer Museum in the Lodge of St. Andrews Church, Clewer. The exhibition closed in the early 2000s.
Newspaper supplement, the death of Queen Victoria, 26th January 1901
Illustrated Mail, special edition supplement 'Empire Mourns Its Loss', marking the death of Queen Victoria on 22nd January 1901. the supplement is dated 26th January 1901. It is part of a large collection of objects all relating to Clewer, Windsor, which was originally on display at Clewer Museum in the Lodge of St. Andrews Church, Clewer. The exhibition closed in the early 2000s.
Postcard, Fire at Theatre Royal, Windsor, about 1908
In February 1908 the Theatre Royal was completely gutted by a devastating fire. The damage caused to the building is neatly encapsulated by this little black and white postcard, which was photographed close to the Canons’ Residences in the castle grounds. A brand new Theatre Royal was built in the image and place of its predecessor in 1910.
Programme, ‘Robinson Crusoe’, 1952
Programme for 'Robinson Crusoe' the pantomime written by Mary Kerridge showing at the Theatre Royal Windsor for Xmas 1952. The front of the programme is illustrated with a colourful cartoon of Robinson Crusoe. 'Curtain Up' magazine souvenir volume VIII. No 8. Price 1 shilling.
Hair curling tongs, Victorian
Made of two hinged pieces of iron, with narrow cylindrical blades at the end. The tongs would have been heated over a flame and then sections of hair were curled around them. Each section of hair was folded first into a length of paper, called a curl-paper, to prevent the hair from burning. Though the paper would have only offered limited protection. many women must have damaged their hair through
Lawn dress, 1910
Ladies lawn dress with cutwork lace and embroidery, Lawn cloth is a lightweight, sheer cloth of a plain weave, originally made of linen but now is usually made of cotton. Lawn is designed using fine, high count yarns, which gives the fabric a silky texture.It can be white, or it may be dyed or printed. This dress was originally dated as being late Victorian but after further research in 2016, it
Golf score card, 1976
Score card for the Championship draw on Saturday 7th August for the Colgate European Women's L.P.G.A. The Championship which took place at Sunningdale 4th-7th August 1976. Autographed by Bing Crosby.
Humeral veil, circa 19th Century.
Sent to Clewer by Clewer Sisters serving in India for use as a humeral veil, though that was probably not what it was originally made for. It is embroidered with silver thread and sequins, probably 19th Century.
Stole, purple and red fabric, dated about 1900
Religious purple stole with red fringes. Garment worn around the neck and hanging down like a scarf. Worn during Christian worship, by the Vicar, Reverend or other minister. This and other garments for Christian worship in the collection were possibly made by the Clewer Sisters, the Community of St. John the Baptist Convent. In the Christrian tradition, different colours represent different season
Programme, ‘Aladdin’, 1943
Performed at Windsor Castle in December 1943. The cast included members of the royal family. The Princesses were living at the Castle for most of World War 2. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth felt that Windsor would be a safer place for the girls, particularly after Buckingham Palace was hit by a bomb in September 1940. Photographs of the princesses in costume can found in the Royal Collection a
Photograph, Royalty & Empire Exhibition, 1990s
1 of 4 photographs in the museum collection of the Royalty & Empire Exhibition in the Windsor Central Station, depicting Queen Victoria and her royal guests, the Coldstream Guards, a Victorian flower girl and a road sweeper. The exhibition ran from 1983-1997. In 1982, British railway and Madam Tussauds restored the old station and created the exhibition. Originally called ‘Royalty and Railw
Envelope, dated December 8th 1926
Envelope with cartoon on the back, of a man with a glass and cigarette wishing good luck and good health. Addressed to Mrs C Ham,The Grange, Manor Gardens, Southall, Middlesex, with 2 stamps, dated December 8th 1926. One of a collection of illustrated envelopes sent to Mrs Ham from her brother S Millar in Johannesburg, South Africa between 1926-1950. We do not know where the letters that were in t
Invitation, Ball to celebrate the Silver Wedding, 1888
Invitation to the Mayor and Mayoress of Windsor to a Ball to celebrate the silver wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales (Albert, later Edward VIII and his wife, Alexandra) To be held at the Town Hall, (the Guildhall) Windsor on the 9th March 1888
Needle book, about 1860
Decorated with a view of Windsor Castle on the south side, painted on enamel. probably a souvenir. Contains fabric pages, which can be used to store needles. The book also contains a mirror. Thought to have been made in about 1860.
Mug, commemorating the abdication of King Edward VIII, 1936
Edward had fallen in love with Mrs Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee. At the time, divorce though legal, was still frowned upon by society. After much debate, the King had to decide between his crown or Mrs Simpson. He chose her. Edward signed the documents of abdication on 10 December 1936. He carried out the last act of his reign the following day - ‘His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication
Books by Mrs Oliphant, 1849-1897
15 novels by Mrs Oliphant. Born on 4th April 1828, Margaret Oliphant Wilson married her cousin, Frank Wilson Oliphant in 1852. Her married name was Margaret Oliphant Wilson Oliphant but she usually wrote as 'Mrs. Oliphant'. Her fictional works were often set in the present time she was writing but she also wrote historical novels and tales of the supernatural. She found inspiration for her novels
Nightdress, dated 1890-1900
A Victorian or Edwardian lady's smocked nightdress, formerly belonging to the Nottage family of Dairy Farm, Common Road, Eton Wick, dated about 1890-1910
Camera, dated 1921 – 1924
Camera which once belonged to Doris Mellor. The camera was presented to her between 1921 and 1924 by the headmistress (Miss R M Hodges) of Wybenam School, Pietermauritzburg, Natal, South Africa During her final years, she was Secretary of the Landscape sub-committee of the Windsor and Eton Society, and was a tireless campaigner against insensitive developments. Her most famous campaign was to chal
Pedlar Doll (female), about 1820
Female pedlar doll, one of a pair of wooden pedlar 'dolls', with a wax face, dressed in costume of about 1820 carrying a basket of goods for sale containing very detailed items. May once have been displayed in a dome glass case, perhaps on a mantelpiece. The dolls were made by the great - grandmother of the donor who lived in Windsor.
Pedlar Doll (male), about 1820
Male pedlar doll, one of a pair of wooden pedlar 'dolls', with a wax face, dressed in costume of about 1820 also carrying a basket of goods for sale containing very detailed items. May once have been displayed in a dome glass case, perhaps on a mantelpiece. The dolls were made by the great - grandmother of the donor who lived in Windsor.
Diorama, Bachelors Acre 1809, made in the 1950s
Diorama of Jubilee Celebrations on Bachelors Acre on the 25th October 1809 celebrating 50 years since since King George III's coronation. There was an ox-roast on Bachelors Acre which was attended by Queen Charlotte and other members of the royal family. The King himself was too ill to attend.