Collecting, cleaning, displaying, researching, and appreciating TRIVETS and related go-withs!
This blog post discusses three interesting Queen Victoria ceramic stands and their relationship to her favorite jewelry.
Trivia: Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was crowned in 1837 at the age of eighteen. She married her maternal first cousin Albert in 1840; his official title was Prince Consort. The Jubilee celebrations of her reign were held in 1887 (Golden, her 50th anniversary) and 1897 (Diamond, her 60th anniversary). Queen Victoria was the longest lived female monarch of all time at 63 years, 216 days until surpassed by Queen Elizabeth in 2015.
FYI: The term trivet is used more commonly in the United States, while the terms stand or rest tend to be preferred in Europe.
Sometimes overseas sellers don’t enable shipping to the USA. As a result, their listings aren’t visible here. That’s why I periodically search the UK and Australia eBay websites for Victorian era trivets and stands I may have missed on the US site.
A few weeks ago a new listing for a Queen Victoria Jubilee Teapot Tile Stand- Minton’s appeared on eBay UK specifying Posts to UK only. I contacted the seller and she agreed to enable bids from the USA.
Since the stand is dated 1887 but was listed in new condition, I messaged the seller again for more information. She replied, “My late father found it in a frame. When I took it out I found the Minton marking on the back.” The seller then added several additional views to the auction listing, reinforcing the tile’s great condition. I bid and feel fortunate to be the winner.
Receiving a package from halfway across the world is always exciting! My purchase was carefully packaged, shipped promptly by Royal Mail International Tracked Shipping, and arrived from the UK within 10 days.
The condition is, as I had hoped, exceptional. There is crazing to the feet but none to front or back of the tile. This is an unusual finding in a tile of this age and a testament to its prior storage.
When tilting the trivet at an angle, one small superficial scratch is visible on the top surface. There are also some shallowly abraded areas along two sides. But, all in all, this is the nicest antique Minton Jubilee tile stand I’ve yet to encounter. The details:
● Glazed ceramic, 8″ square and 3/8″ thick with four rounded foot supports.
● Weight: 1 pound 10 7/8 ounces.
● On face: VICTORIA QUEEN OF ENGLAND, EMPRESS OF INDIA, A.D. 1887 and THE 50TH OF HER REIGN.
● On the reverse: the Minton globe hallmark, MINTON’S CHINA WORKS and STOKE ON TRENT.
In examining my newly received Minton trivet there was something eerily familiar about it, but what? Eventually I realized that it was Queen Victoria’s jewelry: specifically, her necklace, earrings and tiny crown!
Queen Victoria. Image by Alexander Bassano, 1887, public domain.
Commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1858, this necklace originally had 28 diamonds weighing 161 carats (three diamonds were later removed). It features a large center pendant, the 22.48 carat Lahore Diamond. After the death of her beloved consort Prince Albert in 1861, Victoria seldom wore colored jewels, favoring instead clear diamonds.
Each British queen that followed has worn this necklace at her coronation: Queen Alexandra (1902), Queen Mary (1911), Queen Elizabeth (1937), and Queen Elizabeth II (1953). That’s why it’s referred to as the Coronation Necklace.
As for the small diamond crown, Queen Victoria went into a prolonged mourning after Prince Albert’s death in 1861. She dressed in black with a white mourning veil, refusing to remove the veil in order to wear the large, heavily jeweled state crown. In 1870 a tiny crown was created that could be worn atop her veil. It featured 1100 diamonds, measured 3.7″ high x 3.4″ in diameter, with removable arches.
Queen Victoria wore this crown for the remainder of her life; it rested on her coffin during her funeral procession. Through the intervening years the crown was seldom worn by royals. It’s currently on public display with other Crown Jewels in the Jewel House at the Tower of London.
The Eclipse “Jubilee” Tea Pot Stand by Deykin & Sons, excellent condition. Glazed ceramic, 6 1/2” round, inset into an electroplated silver trivet frame with three bun feet. On face: The Jubilee Tea Pot Stand. Queen Victoria Ascended the Throne 1837. Long May She Reign. This stand is undated but features her Golden Coronation image as in the 1887 photo.
On reverse: company advertising. THE ECLIPSE TEA POT STAND. Manufactured By DEYKIN & SONS ELECTROPLATERS BIRMINGHAM. Patentees Estab’d 1781. Introducers of the Guaranteed Electroplated Spoons & Forks & Makers Of Tea, Coffee Sets, Cruet Frames & General Electroplated Wares for Home & Abroad. TO BE HAD OF ALL JEWELLERS SILVERSMITHS & IRONMONGERS.
Glazed ceramic, 7” in diameter with three rounded foot supports. On face: Victoria’s portrait, the letters VR at the bottom of the wreath and COMMEMORATION OF RECORD REIGN 1837 to 1897. On reverse: MINTON, HOLLINS, & CO PATENT TILE WORKS, STOKE ON TRENT. Although her image is smaller, Queen Victoria is wearing the diamond necklace, earrings and tiny crown.
This ceramic stand also serves as an excellent example of crazing, which is different from an actual crack (noted on the front at the center bottom). Crazing presents as a network of fine surface cracks in the fired glaze layer, leaving it with a crackled appearance. This can occur immediately upon firing or with age. Age related crazing can be an acceptable characteristic of antique porcelain, unless to the extent that it affects the stricture or esthetics of the piece. This trivet is still in my collection and on display; in 15 years I have not found a better example.