The plaque which should have read “To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II” instead reads “To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II”
Traders planning to cash in on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations have found themselves with duff merchandise after a misprint called it Platinum Jubbly.
Thousands of commemorative plates, mugs, cups and saucers are worthless after the Only Fools and Horses-style gaffe that reportedly made even Del Boy wince.
A Chinese firm’s mistake features a smiling portrait of Her Majesty, surrounded by the Royal Coat of Arms and her accession date – 1952 – to the present day to mark her 70 years on the throne.
But the plaque which should have read “To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II” instead reads “To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II”.
The blunder – worthy of something dodgy trafficker Del Boy Trotter, played by Sir David Jason, would try to whip up – is compared to the character’s hilariously lucrative ventures by the company now trying to unload the memories.
For UK company Wholesale Clearance, he stepped in to try and turn faulty crockery into limited edition collectibles in the hopes they will appeal to Britain’s sense of humor – and Only Fools fans.
Businessman Karl Baxter, managing director of the Poole, Dorset-based company, is offering anyone who wants to get into the ‘lost in translation’ mistake a knockdown price with a 90% discount on a lot of 10,800 pieces for £32,400.
The stock which would have been worth £323,892 if the word Jubilee had not been misinterpreted, is up for grabs and although it will not make the buyer a millionaire, Mr Baxter believes it offers a comfortable profit of £291,492 to anyone who wants to sell to collectors.
He revealed the original deal fell through after the cargo arrived at Southampton Docks from China and the misstep over tea sets, cups and plates was immediately spotted.
The website states: “You’ll probably notice it’s more comfortable on the shelf next to Peckham Spring as these actually celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubbly! They are, as you say, the Crème de la Menthe! So if you’re a Queen and Del Boy fan… kill two birds with one stone.
“If you fancy owning a one-of-a-kind piece of Jubilee history or want to follow in Del’s footsteps and end up with 10,600 Platinum Jubbly stock items, please use the ‘Buy It ASAP’ button. “
The wholesaler is trying to save the blushes of the Chinese firm Changzhouint Merchandise which made the misstep.
Mr Baxter said: “There will be no shortage of royal memorabilia to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as retailers have long sold memorabilia on royal occasions.
“In classic Del Boy style, we naturally stepped in to help move Platinum ‘Jubbly’ stock.
“Memorabilia from previous royal occasions are often sought after by collectors, as it’s a great excuse to go out and buy a piece of history that will increase in value over time.
“Plus, what could be more unique than our limited edition misprinted dinnerware? This could be your chance to get your hands on a novelty keepsake for a fraction of the price!”
Previous royal merchandise gaffes have included a picture of Prince Harry on mugs instead of Prince William to mark his marriage to Kate Middleton in 2011.
And singer Ed Sheeran appeared on plates created to celebrate Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.