Tuesday, January 28, 2020

ENGLISH KING AND QUEEN TEA COMMEMORATIVES

I have recently re-watched the PBS movie
Victoria and also other past versions
about Queen Victoria.  What a fascinating
person she was and what about her amazing
husband Albert.  He was a great man of
integrity.  If you have looked back and
studied the many Kings of England,  you 
know that was often not the case.


I have been enjoying a display of my King
and Queen tea wares this winter in my kitchen.


I change this display regularly so then
 other types come up and these go back down
 to the basement tea room. I also made an
 ephemera  medallion but I know I overdid 
this one so others won't be quite so full.  


My Fulton friend, Karen who I met through 
the Tasha Tudor Facebook Group when
  I lived in Colorado Springs,  got me 
interested in the Victoria and Albert
 lusterware pieces that were sold at the 
1851 Great Exhibition.  Prince Albert was
 in charge of this event and oversaw the project.
  After reading about the pieces which were
 sold as souvenirs at the exhibition and after
seeing Karen's collection, I was smitten!
I have acquired a few pieces.


If you purchased something from the UK,
you know the shipping is what drives your bottom
line up.  I was able to find this Staffordshire
figurine in Georgia, USA so that helped a lot.  
Another friend, Gina has one of these I 
had admired at her home.


I just added a 9" plate
 which arrived from
England to my 
collection:



 uncle, King William IV died and he had no 
living male son as heir to the throne. Two
 of her other uncles also did not have
 legitimate male heirs so it passed to her.
 She was only 18 years old.

She served as Queen from 1837 to 1901 and her
name is why it is called the Victorian Era.
1901.  His wife was Alexandra. 
 He served until 1910 and we call his
period the Edwardian Era.


Next we have King George V and his wife
 Queen Mary. If you saw the Downton
 Abbey movie, they were portrayed in
 the story.  He served from 1910 until 1935.
Remember the Titanic went down in 1912.


So who comes next?

Remember the King who abdicted to
marry a divorced American woman?
King Edward the VIII was on the
throne for a brief period and then
George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
If you saw the "King's Speech"
that would be George VI.
He served from 1935-1952



And of course Queen Elizabeth - 
the present Queen and longest
 reign to date!  I have really enjoyed
reading about all of these but find
Queen Victoria is a favorite.

If you saw the PBS Historical Documentary
"The Wedding"  - you probably found
it fascinating like it did.  I have watched it
several times lately.  I could barely
keep up with all the history in "The 
Queen's Palaces" about the 3 royal 
residences.  


I need to say - I may not have everything
100% correct in this post. I am learning.
Just let me know if something is wrong.
Are you interested in Queen Victoria?



7 comments:

Sonia said...

You have such beautiful and interesting collections!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I loved the Victoria series on PBS and hers was quite the love story with Prince Albert. Yes, she is my favourite as well. It is because of her that we celebrate a holiday in her memory every May, and she is so admired all over the world. You have a wonderful collection and I love the Victoria figurine. Interesting post, Bernideen!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Very nice Bernideen! You have been a busy gal buying off of Ebay I see! :)
I like it all but I really like the Queen Victoria souvenir plate, and of course the Stafforshire Figure. Thanks for sharing your collection with us.
xoxo

Curtains in My Tree said...


Oh My gosh I missed this post, I'm going back and read it again

I love this collection and love hunting for them also on the internet and on our outings

Sandi Magle said...

How fun to see all these pieces together. A few have slipped through my fingers over the years, made into gifts and a few sold. I, too, love the movies, the series and the books! You really have a wonderful collection!

Marilyn Miller said...

I like Queen Victoria too.
Love the lusterware pieces. What a wonderful find. My husband wanted me to collect lusterware, but I just didn't have enough room for it. I will just admire yours.

Rosemary said...

What a great variety of royalty memorabilia! Thanks for sharing your collection.