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Object ID # 1956.013.004ab
Object Name Teacup
Title Queen Victoria Jubilee Tea Cup & Saucer (1887)
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 1887
Made Unknown pottery
Place of Origin Likely British-made?
Description Commemorative teacup and saucer for Queen Victoria's Jubilee, celebrating her 50th year as the Queen (1887). The cup and saucer are white ceramic pieces, possibly earthenware, with brown transfer-printed decorations. The cup has a brown border inside its top area. This design also appears on the outside of the handle. Clockwise, from the handle, there is a crown motif with "JUBILEE" on it, with thistles, shamrocks and roses (these motifs represent Scotland, Ireland and England). There is also a sceptre motif on an angle, with "50 YEARS" on the lower part of the sceptre. Thistles, shamrocks and roses are around the sceptre. There is a weighing balance motif with "JUSTICE" on it, on the left, above a lighted lamp with "TRUTH" on it. Also there is a Phrygian (Liberty) cap with "LIBERTY" on it. The saucer has a leftwards-facing head and shoulders transfer-printed portrait of Queen Victoria. "JUBILEE" is on a banner above her illustration, and "1887" is on a triangular area below the illustration. A banner above the "JUBILEE" one has "ASIA", "AFRICA", "EUROPE", "OCEANIA", and "CANADA" on it. At the left is a blazing sun [e.g. the "sun never sets on the British Empire"] and an Arabesque building with desert palms. At the right there is a moon over snowy mountains by a seascape. Below this, and extending along the sides, are thistle, shamrock and rose motifs.
Provenance This tea cup and saucer was likely used in the Priceville area of Grey County, as that is where the previous owner, Christina (Tina) Gibson (née McIntyre) lived. She was a summer resident and former resident of Priceville before she passed away.

She was married to William Gibson. Her father, Malcolm McIntyre, lived at Priceville, and he was a veterinarian.

She was also descended from John McIntyre, a settler in Egremont Township, Grey County in the 1830s. She also was related to Mr. D. R. McArthur of the Hopeville area (c. 1878).
Passed onto the original owner's daughter, Mrs. Lou LeMasurier of Toronto,

Queen Victoria ascended the throne of Britain in 1837. This tea cup and saucer commemorated the 50th year of her reign in 1887. The manufacturer of this royal souvenir is not identified.
Collection Food Service Tools & Equipment
Material Ceramic/Glaze/Ink
Dimensions H-8.1 Dia-15.4 cm
Found Priceville, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County
People Gibson, Christina
McIntyre, Malcolm
Subjects Royalty
Tea