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Queen Victoria's 50th jubilee medal

  • Object:

    Medal

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emptmeyer, Clemens (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, struck

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of the late Sir J. C. Robinson

  • Museum number:

    A.2-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This medal was given,in silver, to Ministers of State and other dignitaries who were present at Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration in 1887. In 1897 a bar bearing the date was added and given to those who had received the 1887 decoration. It was awarded to John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), curator, scholar and collector, who worked at the V&A in its earliest days and was a very important figure in the formation of the collections. Robinson was Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures from 1882 to 1901.

Physical description

Circular silver medal, on the obverse a profile portrait of Queen Victoria, crowned, facing left, on the reverse a wreath of roses, thistles and shamrock surmounted by a crown and enclosing an inscription. The medal depends from a blue and white ribbon which is decorated with a silver bar.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1887 (made)

Artist/maker

Emptmeyer, Clemens (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, struck

Marks and inscriptions

'VICTORIA D.G. REGINA ET IMPERATRIX F.D.'
Obverse

'C. EMPTMEYER'
Signed, obverse

'IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA 21 JUNE 1887'
Reverse

'1897'
On the bar

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm

Object history note

This medal was given to J.C. Robinson in 1887, and the bar added in 1897. Robinson was Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures from 1882 to 1901.

Historical context note

Examples of this medal were given in silver to Ministers of State and other dignitaries who were present at Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration in 1887. In 1897 a bar bearing the date was added and given to those who had received the 1887 decoration.

Descriptive line

Medal, silver, Queen Victoria's 50th Jubilee, British, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

L. Forrer, Biographical Dictionary of Medallists, London, 1904, vol.2, p.17

Production Note

Made by the die-sinker Clemens Emptmeyer, the portrait of Queen Victoria after that by Sir J.E. Boehm.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Struck

Subjects depicted

Commemoration

Categories

Royalty; Coins & Medals; Metalwork

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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