Seaside holidays 17: souvenir What’s this? Expand This is a glass paperweight of Sandgate, a popular village for walks and excursions from Folkestone. It was bought as a Victorian seaside souvenir: a special present brought back from a holiday. The picture was printed in black and white and then coloured by hand. Did you know? Sandgate became popular in the 1790s after the famous actress Mrs Siddons visited for the sea bathing. What does this have in common with the object above? Expand Answer: they are both souvenirs of Folkestone. This pink and white china tea pot is part of a much larger set, including cups, saucers, plates, a milk jug and sugar bowl. The design is inspired by the shape and texture of a sea shell, with seahorses making up the handle, spout and top of on the lid. It is decorated with the coat of arms of Folkestone - a medieval sailing ship. Seaside china was very popular from late Victorian times until after the Second World War.