I thought I'd share something a little different for Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser today. As the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton approaches, I thought I'd share this teacup from Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The Queen had been crowned 50 years before in 1837 and at this point became the longest reigning English monarch. She went on to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and dies in 1901. Queen Victoria is in a direct line to Prince William.
The teacup was all hand painted and has a very pale pink background color. There are gold beads all around, and where you see the white dots, unfortunately a gold bead has come off. This teacup isn't perfect, but it is rare and I love it. For more info on the Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee teacup, click the photo and go to Antiques And Teacups.
The Golden Jubilee has a special place in my family, as I grew up listening to my grandmother recount going to the Golden Jubilee celebrations in a coach and having to remain inside with a blanket, muff and foot warmer because she was recovering from scarlet fever. My grandmother was 16, and was so sad because they were roasting an oxen on the village green with long tables decorated with bunting. Everyone brought contributions of food, potatoes were roasting in the embers of the fires dotting the area and there were to be firewords at dusk. But she had to stay in the carriage and go home early and back to bed and so missed the fireworks. She said she cried herself to sleep because she missed all the excitement.
Here is a photo of our cat Tinker who has stolen my husband's recliner to take an abandoned nap. My DH couldn't bear to move him so he watched the Masters golf tournament for a couple of hours on the couch...which isn't as comfy as the recliner. Who's a softy, do you think???
I hope you have a great day visiting all the wonderful teacups and making new friends.