Queen Victoria at age 2 with her mother, the Duchess of Kent
On May 24, 1819, Victoria was born to the Duke and Duchess of Kent at Kendington Palace, was 5th in line for the throne, and not expected to succeed so many others.
Her father, Prince Edward, and grandfather, King George III, both died the following year, after which her uncle, George IV, acceded to the throne. She became heir presumptive to her next surviving uncle, William IV, who ruled from 1830. However, he lacked an heir as his four legitimate children died during infancy.
If you have watched the series Victoria on PBS, you know she had a strict, difficult childhood with lots of intrigue... and if some historians are to believed, some attempts on her life.
The photo above is Victoria at age 18.
Victoria ecame queen in 1837
and married her life-long-love Prince Albert February 10, 1840.
The couple had 9 children and after Abert's death in 1861, wore black the rest of her life...
below is a famous photo of the aged Queen Victoria, draped as she often was in her wedding veil.
The Victorian era... named for Queen Victoria... has always drawn me... perhaps from the influence of my grandmother Emma Bridgewater with grew up in Leicester during the last of the Victorian era. .. and told me life stories and gifted and/or left me many of her Victorian era treasures... her teapot, teacups and more...
The small Victoria commemorative tea on the tray in the sunroom was a bit less than I had hoped... but after nursing my husband through his cold, I succumbed to a worse one including a fever. So the last 2 weeks have been pretty difficult.
But I had to commemorate Victoria!
I had planned to share a lot of family things too, but that will be for next post, when I assume we will be recovered!
This is a gorgeous Victorian era art nouveau flow flue and red transferware teapot I found in an old box while cleaning out an area in the warehouse. I got it in England and shipped it back... arriving just before we moved, so it was packed away during the move.
Not in perfect condition, but I love it! So would Queen Victoria I bet!
The mark identifies it as made by Samuel Johnson, Burslem pottery between 1870-1891.
Victori's portrait by Winterhalter in the Royal Collection Trust, done as a gift for Prince Albert on his 24th birthday...
The Victorian age was a time of expansion of knowledge... in the scieneces, in exploration, and the first Industrial Revolution that overturned an established society and forced it to cope with what it had created...
This is a family piece from my Nana... a Diamond Jubilee teacup from 1897...I treasure it!
The Victorians were great travelers, and enjoyed visiting places and bring back a souvenir. This is a cream and sugar set by Shelley China which is a souvenir of The Old Mint Pevensey, Sussex. It is actually from the Edwardian Era, right after Victoria dies and her son was crowned, but it iss little changed from the set I had from 1899.
This is another Imari patterned teacup that was made by Thomas Hughes. The company made the pattern from the 1890s until 1935.
As I have mentioned before, Imari was a popular Victorian pattern derived from the colors of the porcelain from the Imari region of Japa. By the beginning of Victoria's reign they wrer popular, and by the middle of her reign, Imari patterns were the euivalent of a huge design trend. There was always a lot of it on Downton Abbey, close the end of it's peak popularity.
This is another pf my family personal treasures from my Nana. This is a 14kt gold love token hair locket given to my grandmother by her sweetheart when she was 18 to 20 in 1889.
Here is the back, where the lock of hair was, covered with a thin slice of rock crysta;. However, my grandmother was a nurse, and told me she had removed the hair several years later because she flet it was unhygienic!
Wish she hadn't but...
The Victorian era is known for it's penchant for decorative overkill... but it didn't begin like that. This pair of sugar tongs is a good representative of the Regency or Georgian, of William period before her reign where things were plainer and more restrained in ornamentation.
That soon changed, didn't it? If it could be ornamented, even the very most workmanlike of items, it was.
And I love it!
These are the 3 Victorian and Edwardian dresses I have left from my grandmother. I am sure I will be sharing more about them sometime. Many other pieces just fell apart.
This is a 2 piece white lace dress, and 3/4 and 1/4 mourning dressses
Mourning was strickly regulated as to what was acceptable, although after Victoria's death in 1901, the rules were relaxed considerably.
One had 3 moths in all black. The next, or 3/4 mourning, one was allowed small spashes of dark colors, preferably purple, another color associated with mourning.
I don't have an example of 1/2 morning... but that was a bit more color or purple and grey added to the black. The the 2/4 mourning as shown here, grey with purple accents.
There were a lot of stricyures about what behaviors were allowed during each period, but I won't go into all that!
Lastly, I have used a Royal Crown Derby spare saucer from the 1890s with a typically Victorian pattern, to hold my "scuffin" of cross between a muffin and a scone for a tea treat. A friend brought us a package from Costco when he ran an errand for kleenex that we had run out of with our colds! Delicious> Cranberry Orange. Hope they have them when we should be able to get back there next week, Lord willing!
What an amzing influence they had on an era!
Happy Birthdy Victoria!
Some interesting articles for the many festivities going on celebrating her birthday!
Who was Queen Victoria? What was her role in the British Empire?