M997.45.312 | Plate

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1885-1890, 19th century
24.5 cm
Gift of Dr. Huguette Rémy
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Major events and public commemorations also served the purposes of consumerism. Towards the middle of the century, the organization of large public festivities was mainly an occasion for significant public spending, but industrialists and merchants did not take long to realize that these events presented good business opportunities. Big industrial exhibitions, royal visits and festivities marking the 50th and then 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria's accession to the throne stimulated production of an impressive array of commemorative items. To the public, consumption was one more way to take part in and remember the festivities.

  • What

    Victoria (1819-1901) was the Queen of Great Britain and its empire from 1837 to 1901; she was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

  • Where

    Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, like her Diamond Jubilee 10 years later, was an occasion for grandiose public celebrations. Canadian businesses seized the opportunity to manufacture and sell commemorative objects of all types.

  • When

    This pressed glass plate was made by the Nova Scotia Glass Company in Trenton, NS. The company, in business from 1881 to 1892, was the biggest glass manufacturer in the province .

  • Who

    This cake plate bears an inscription indicating that it was produced on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's coronation. The colour of the plate is gold, traditionally associated with this anniversary.