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  • Place of origin:

    Worcester (made)

  • Date:

    1887 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bone china transfer-printed with red enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 123, case 1

Object Type
A vast array of royal commemorative objects was made on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887.

Historical Associations
Following the death of Prince Albert in 1861, Queen Victoria shunned public life to a great extent. She never again lived in London and occupied Buckingham Palace only for occasional visits lasting a few days. However, the 50th anniversary of her accession to the throne in 1887 was marked with great celebration, and the Queen was cheered by hundreds of thousands of her subjects as she travelled to a special service at Westminster Abbey. The public enthusiasm for the Jubilee resulted in the production of an enormous range of souvenirs, such as this plate. In subsequent years, the Queen was encouraged to make more frequent public appearances.

Physical description

Plate of bone china transfer-printed with red enamel with the bust of Queen Victoria and the inscriptions 'JUBILEE YEAR' and 'VICTORIA DEI GRATIA REG. et IMP. 1837-1887'. The rim has a border composed of roses, thistles and shamrock.

Place of Origin

Worcester (made)


1887 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bone china transfer-printed with red enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Above the portrait of Victoria

On a border round the portrait of Victoria

Four W's surrounding a crescent within the horns of which are the figures '51'
In a circle surmounted by a crown, printed in red

'Rd. No. 69919'
Printed in red



Height: 3.1 cm, Diameter: 26.7 cm

Descriptive line

Plate of bone china transfer-printed with red enamel with the bust of Queen Victoria, Worcester, 1887.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
A blank for an ordinary dinner plate was transformed by a specially printed design into a display piece. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne. The image of Queen Victoria in the centre is similar to that found on postage stamps of the time. [27/03/2003]


Bone china; Enamels



Subjects depicted

Queen; Roses; Thistles; Shamrock


Ceramics; Figures & Decorative ceramics; Royalty; Bone China


Ceramics Collection

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