Waisted cylindrical mug on turned stepped foot, with frilled C-scroll handle and horizontal rib beneath rim. Transfer-printed in underglaze green to left and right of handle with repeated three-quarter right side head and shoulders portrait of youthful Queen Victoria, with sprays of roses, shamrock and thistles either side of lower handle terminal. Side opposite handle printed with crown flanked by dedication 'VICTORIA / REGINA' above inscription 'Born 24th of May 1819 / Proclaimed 20th of June 1837 / Crowned 28th of June 1838' surmounting repeated spray of roses, shamrock and thistles. Rim interior printed with deep diamond diaper border interrupted by four sprays of roses, shamrock and thistles. Finely crazed glaze.

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Gallery subtheme panel Telling Tales With the passing of time, life becomes history. What happens today is transformed by tomorrow into just another story that fades and is forgotten. But we look for ways of holding onto history, of fixing it, keeping it real and alive for future generations to know. Mementoes, keepsakes and souvenirs form the subject of this display. Objects that celebrate and commemorate, that speak of lives lived and events unfolding, from the coronation of kings to the fond memory of a seaside holiday. Some of these stories are from recent history; things you might well remember yourself. Others are older, tales from centuries ago. All of these things happened once, and were as real as this morning's news. The cheapest souvenir can be a potent reminder.

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: 12.9cm x 12.3cm
across handle: 17.4cm

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Bequeathed by Thomas Tylston Greg


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