Zonophone Coronation Record

Zonophone Coronation Record (U.K.) / 1911

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Design: In this delicate illustration, the monarch King George V and his wife Queen Mary are here shown facing left (as on coinage and stamps), in keeping with the tradition that they are depicted facing the opposite way to their predecessor; Mary appears to have a larger head than George, possibly because of her hair-style. As yet, neither wears a royal crown (right). Ascending to the throne on the death of his father Edward VII in 1910, the actual coronation ceremony took place in June 1911; George would occupy the British throne until his death in 1936.

The floral surround, suggestive of the United Kingdom, consists of the red rose of England (left), the thistle of Scotland and the shamrock of Ireland (right). What the words 'English Puzzle Plate' might refer to is unknown.

History: As the previous Zonophone labels. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.



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