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Queen Victoria 1897 Diamond Jubilee Mug

Queen Victoria 1897 Diamond Jubilee Mug


Produced as a souvenir to celebrate the the reign of Queen Victoria, this rare Antique Queen Victoria 1897 Diamond Jubilee Mug has been a cherished collectible for more than 125 years.

A soft transferware portrait of the mature queen taken from an iconic portrait, depicts Queen Victoria posed regally in her traditional mourning cap and crown. This stylized attire associated with the queen as a widow reflects the deep love and an abiding dedication to the memory of her Royal Consort, Prince Albert, following his death in 1861 at the relatively young age of 42.

The motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter  'Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense,' surrounds the central portrait oval, while a proclamation above reads:

'In Commemoration of the
60th Year of the Reign of
Queen Victoria'

On the reverse surrounded by a sweet garland:
May 24th 1819
the throne June 20th 1837
Feb 10th 1840
Completed the Longest Reign
June 20th 1897'

This cheerfully rendered mug celebrating Queen Victoria is a charming example of a more cozy and intimate style of royal memorabilia. Sure to have held a cuppa or two over the century, it promises to be a delightful addition to any collection or the perfect item with which to begin. Shimmering with a graceful, rustic patina we are confident this well-loved mug will continue to grow more precious with each passing year.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In fair antique condition with crazing throughout, commensurate with age. Mug measures 3.75"H x 4" at widest point.

Learn More About Queen Victoria

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, the fourth son of King George III. In a twist of fate, 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 the very young age of 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. By all accounts a happy union, their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning Victoria the nickname "the grandmother of Europe".

After Albert's early death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning for the remainder of her life, choosing to wear black and having a special crown fashioned that would allow her widow's cap (head veil) to remain in place for royal engagements. 

The 60th anniversary of her reign, her Diamond Jubilee, was a time of joyous public celebration on June 22, 1897. Queen Victoria had surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning British monarch on 23 September 1896, an event she marked privately at Balmoral Castle.  Writing in her journal, she reflected "People wished to make all sorts of demonstrations, which I asked them not to do until I had completed the sixty years next June." The Diamond Jubilee became a historic opportunity to celebrate Victoria's status as longest-reigning monarch, in addition to marking 60 years on the throne.

On the anniversary date of her accession, 78 year-old Victoria once again reflected in her journal: "This eventful day, 1897 has opened, and I pray God to help and protect me as He has hitherto done these sixty long eventful years! I feel sad at the new losses I have sustained... God will surely help me on! How well I remember this day sixty years ago when I was called from my bed by dear Mama to receive the news of my accession!"

Until the record-setting service of Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria's reign of 63 years and seven months was the longest of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history.  Still referred to today as the Victorian era, it was a period of vast industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom.

Learn More about Coronation Memorabilia

As a means to commemorate historic events - including coronations; silver, golden and diamond jubilees; royal weddings and royal visits to distant lands - artisans and craftspeople were commissioned to create beautiful pieces of memorabilia. Highly collectable, they are much more than mementos of an event long past. They are lovely pieces created to capture the spirit of their time as much as they capture our imaginations today.

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