Tea cup and saucer, commemorating the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1897.
Porcelain with transfer decoration and gilt trimmings.
Cup: 2 5/8 x 2 3/4" - 66 x 70mm high; 2 3/4 - 70mm in diameter, plus handle.
Generally good to very good condition; colour still bright; no cracks or chips; no evident signs of wear.
Produced to mark the diamond jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria in June 1897. The front is decorated with an imperial crown under which ids the dates 1837-97; these are surrounded by emblems of the United Kingdom - a rose, thistle, leek and shamrock; beneath is a double-roundel of the eastern and western hemispheres of the world; the monogram VR; the Union Jack and royal standard; under this a swag proclaiming: THE EMPIRE ON WHICH THE SUN NEVER SETS. The back of the cup is decorated with a bouquet of roses, thistle and shamrock - but no leeks! The same pattern as described above is found on the accompanying saucer.