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Feb 2017 cup and saucerCup and saucers can be fun to collect and can be found at a reasonable price as their popularity has declined. Another great reason to collect old-fashioned tea cups is  they often have unique and colourful styles. Many enjoy floral designs but  souvenir prints can also be found along your travels.

Many places in Alberta, some of them quite small, even had souvenir cup and saucers produced, such as Dunvegan.

The Grande Prairie set shown here was found at local second hand store. The cup shows the trumpeter swan, which is the symbol of our City, while the saucer depicts a decorative map of the area. Like most pieces of old china, this one comes from England and was made by Royal Standard Fine Bone China. The set is marked with branding exclusive to C.S. Hook & Sons Jewellers.

Clifford Stanley Hook was born in England in 1884. He came to Canada in 1913 and opened his jewellery store in Grande Prairie five years later. Hook added optometry to his skills and became the first eye doctor in the area. His business grew with branch stores in Wembley, Fairview, Sexsmith, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. It was noted as having the most complete, largest and modern jewellery stock in the north. The firm took on the name “C.S. Hook & Sons” in 1948. Popular Grande Prairie optometrist, Dr. Robert Clifford Hook, is the son of C.S. Hook and most of his medical equipment can be found at the Grande Prairie Museum.

The trumpeter swan was at one time nearing extinction. Earlier in the last century, there was estimated to be only 1500 left. It was found that the lakes around Grande Prairie are one of the last nesting areas for these swans. The City of Grande Prairie took the bird on as its symbol and strict conservation measures helped to increase their population and to ensure their survival. The trumpeter swan appears on many local souvenirs and the City of Grande Prairie crest. The crest is a revised version of one designed by Borodin Jerchel in 1960. It was officially adopted by Council in 1991.

Each element of the City crest is symbolic:

  • The trumpeter swan as a symbol of the City.
  • The mountains reflect our close proximity to the Rocky Mountains
  • The trees reflect the forest industry
  • The oil derricks reflect the oil and gas industry
  • The wheat sheaves reflect the agriculture industry

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Last updated: 9/6/2017 3:02:10 PM