1897 Queen Victoria Record Reign Plate, by Wagstaff & Brunt, Longton
A beautiful and scarce antique blue/green/turquoise colour original 1897 commemorative creamware transferware plate for the 1837-1897 60 year Diamond Jubilee reign of Queen Victoria 1819-1901. It is in beautiful condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs.
It was made by the pottery from of Wagstaff & Brunt in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, who were in business from 1880-1927. It is clearly marked "Wagstaff & Brunt, Longton" on reverse in the same aqua colour, see photos.
The plate has wonderful highlights of British advancements during her reign, all stated around the edge in scrolling banners. They are:
Penny Postage introduced 1840
Telephone invented 1877
Proclaimed Empress of India 1876
Telegraph First Used 1837
There are 2 center vignette portraits of the Queen. The left hand portrait is when in 1837, at age 18, she inherited the throne. The right hand portrait is in 1897, at age 78, when this plate was made. The edge design is one of Victorian era iconic embellishment such as thistle and flowers,. The upper center design is her armorial crest with 2 lions.
This 60 year Diamond Jubilee plate was to commemorate a huge nationwide celebration of her reign across England. She died 4 years, in January 1901, at the age of 81. At the time, Victoria the longest reigning British monarch and queen in history, reigning 63 years, seven months and two days. This beautiful old piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England. Click images to see condition in close up views and click again to open full images on screen for scrolling to right. Scarce and in wonderful condition.
Size: 9.5 inches in diameter
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