Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries

Knife

1842-1843 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, the recepient of this christening set, was a god daughter of Queen Victoria. She gave similar christening sets to her other god children.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver gilt
Brief Description
Cutlery and flatware
Physical Description
Knife, part of a christening set, silver gilt decorated with cast rococo foliage and floral ornament and terminating in a circular cartouche inscribed with the initials VAJ, with cherubs holding up curtains to the left and right, the end of the handle terminating in a crown. The blade of the knife is engraved on both sides with a flowering spray and is decorated with cherubs heads at the base of the handle.
Dimensions
  • Length: 23cm
  • Width: 3cm
  • Depth: 1.5cm
  • Weight: 123.4g
Marks and Inscriptions
  • London hallmarks for 1842-3
  • Mark of John Mortimer and John Samuel Hunt
  • Inscribed with the initials: VAJ (Victoria Alexandrina's monogram: the royal cipher is engraved on the other side.)
Object history
The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn was a god daughter of Queen Victoria who gave similar christening sets to her other god children.
Historical context
The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, although not recorded in ‘Burke’s Peerage’, is thought to have been the eldest child of Robert Jocelyn, styled Viscount Jocelyn, and his wife Frances Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the 5th Earl of Cowper whom he married on 27 April 1841. Lady Jocelyn was a Lady of the Bedchamber from 1841-1867 & chosen by Queen Victoria as one of her train bearers at her Coronation. She was a member of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert.
Subject depicted
Association
Summary
The Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Jocelyn, the recepient of this christening set, was a god daughter of Queen Victoria. She gave similar christening sets to her other god children.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
M.14-1965

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record createdMarch 11, 2004
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