Sometimes it is the most simple, unusual and unique relics that best tell a story. This moving piece features eight such pieces and shows that these items can say just as much about remembrance as the more obvious symbols

1. For more than 100 years, the Cenotaph (meaning ‘empty tomb’) in London’s Whitehall has been the focal point of the nation’s Remembrance. Designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, originally it was a temporary structure, until its permanent portland stone replacement was unveiled on Armistice Day 1920.

Then, as now, the monument captured public esteem and almost immediately, souvenir versions were offered for sale. Miniature cenotaph aide-memoires, made of white glazed porcelain, were mass-produced by several manufacturers including Willow Potteries, the Arcadian Company and Alexandra China.

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