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Antique Brass Diamond Princess Candlstick Pair

Antique Brass Diamond Princess Candlstick Pair


Produced in England in the late 1800s to mark Queen Victoria's 60th anniversary on the throne, the Diamond Jubilee series of candlesticks are gorgeous mementos of the reign of Victoria.  Since the 60th anniversary is known as the Diamond Jubilee, the candlesticks were crafted with a distinctive diamond motif.  The complete Diamond Jubilee series included the Ace of Diamonds, King of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds, Diamond Prince and Diamond Princess.

Made as a graduated series of sizes, going from the smallest candlestick, Princess, to Ace, the largest.

Beautifully crafted in rich brass, this impressive Diamond Jubilee Candlestick Pair is stamped with its Diamond Princess name on the base and has the original brass push-up mechanism underneath to remove candles and melted candle wax with ease.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 10 7/8" x 4" at base.  In very good antique condition.

Queen Victoria was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20, 1837 until her death on January 22, 1901. From May 1, 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria was born on May 24, 1819 and was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both her father and the King died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her very strict German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. On June 20, 1837, Victoria's uncle King William IV died at the age of 71, and at 18, Victoria became Queen.  In her diary she wrote, "I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen." The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the Sovereign held relatively few direct political powers. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments. Publicly, she became a national icon, and was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children all married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "the grandmother of Europe". After Albert's death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning, wore black for the remainder of her life and avoided public appearances. She rarely set foot in London in the following years and her seclusion earned her the name "widow of Windsor".  As a result of her seclusion, the monarchy lost favor with many British citizens, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. 

Her reign of 63 years and seven months, (which until very recently was the longest of any other British monarch or of any female monarch in history) is known as the Victorian era.  It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.

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