This exceptionally rare oval Victorian copper mould with portrait busts of Queen Victoria (1937-1901 ) has the pattern number 106. This mould shows a youthful image of the Queen and was most probably made to commemorate the Royal Wedding in 1840. The portrait on this mould is very well detailed and the mould has plain sides on the first tier, and raised design on the second tier. The mould is made from a heavy gauge of copper and has castellated seams known as dovetails. The mould retains a deep chocolate brown patina that accentuates the detail of her flowing hair depicted in the Empire style of the early part of the 19th century. The Queen was born May 24, 1819 at Kensington Palace. Her parents were Edward, Duke of Kent, and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
Victoria ascended the throne June 20, 1837 at the age of 18. She married Albert, (her cousin) son of Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. They had four sons and five daughters!! Ultimately 42 grandchildren that were married across Europe solidifying political alliances for Great Britian for years to come. Edward VII succeeded her in 1901 and reigned until 1910. During the height of her power she ruled one quarter of the earths population from Canada to Australia. During her rein Great Britain saw immense industrial, political, trade, scientific, and military progress. She died January 22, 1901 having reigned 63 years and 7 months. A mould of this sort would have only been used in the finest of homes. It is a true treasure.
Size: 6.75” long, 5.0” wide, 5.5” high