Golden Jubilee 1887
Photos courtesy Vaughan Hill
When we wrote an article about Victorian Celebrations in the village we knew that there were still examples of royal commemorative mugs in existence but we just couldn't find them to illustrate the article.
Now Vaughan Hill has come to our aid with these photos of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria commemorating her fifty years on the British throne. It had been a momentous period encompassing the railway age, Britain's imperial status in the world and the dawn of social legislation to protect children and factory workers. At the time the age must have seemed immutable and there was the underlying message of continuity in promoting the mugs.
The mugs weren't an official issue but were produced by a village organisation committee as part of Box's celebrations.
The celebration of events involving the royal family has traditionally been a way of involving people (especially young people) in the history of their country and their allegiance to it. Sometimes the images on the memorabilia were a focal point for the Victorian family, kept in view and used on special occasions.
Perhaps you are young enough to have received a free Coronation Mug from school for the accession of Queen Elizabeth which took place on 2 June 1953 just before children broke up from school for their summer holidays.
Nowadays the multi-diversity of the world and of cultures has made these gestures seem more irrevelant and the commercialisation of brand images has cheapened the collection of Victoriana and other memorabilia.