Cashing in on the Iron Lady

In honour of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral today, we thought we’d share one of Studio Binocular’s favourite figurines: our Margaret Thatcher nut cracker.

All you have to do is pop a walnut up the Iron Lady’s skirt and – hey presto – the nut is cracked. This excellent gift (thanks Ben) also came in a fantastic box, with Maggie popping her eyes out of number 10 Downing Street.


Anyway, all of this sentimental nut cracking got us thinking about what other Thatcher memorabilia might be fetching a pretty penny on ebay. We did a quick search and found that $1,000 can score you an autographed, leather bound copy of “Path to Power”, whilst an autographed copy of her memoir “The Downing Street Years” will set you back $9,000…luckily for us we scored a copy of this in an op-shop last year whilst she was still alive. As you can see from the price on her head, we picked it up for the now bargain basement price of $4.99.




Not to worry if memoirs aren’t your thing – you could always pick up a Margaret Thatcher Thimble, or – better yet – a set of these enviable slippers:




In our searching we also stumbled across Jason Cullen – an avid collector from Leeds whose haul of memorabilia is now worth over £100,000. Jason claims to have the world’s largest collection of Margaret Thatcher autographs, and – looking at this image – it’s hard to dispute that this man is a world leader in his own right.


Word on the street is that novelty dolls and toys go up around 20-30% when someone dies. The Daily Mail interviewed an internet entrepreneur from Warwick – Gavin Hodge – who noted that the same thing happens when any artist dies, and that “as a champion of the free market, Maggie probably would have approved’. 

Needless to say though – while it is no Mona Lisa – our novelty nut cracker is not for sale.

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Date: April 18th, 2013
Categories: News item of the week, The bigger wider world
Other enjoyable Iron Lady items:
Here is an image of Vivienne Westwood doing a Margaret Thatcher impersonation:
And here is a link to a very interesting New Yorker article dispelling the myth that Margaret Thatcher invented soft serve »
“The frozen-dessert origin myth goes like this: shortly after graduating from Oxford in 1947 with a degree in chemistry, Margaret Roberts, the future Mrs. Thatcher, worked briefly at the food conglomerate J. Lyons & Company, where she helped devise a method for whipping extra air into ice cream that laid the foundation for modern soft-serve.”
Unfortunately it turns out that the anecdote has very little basis in reality, and was in fact told in left-leaning British circles as a metaphor for the Iron Lady’s policies – where, like soft serve, she “added air, lowered quality and raised profits”.