Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
A wax doll depicting Queen Victoria in her coronation robes including an orb and sceptre. She has a wax head, upper torso, arms, hands, lower legs and feet, with a cloth body. She has inset blue glass eyes with real hair eyelashes and painted facial details. On her head is real brown hair, each strand of which was individually inserted and styled in two plaited earphones. She is wearing a cream silk dress with ribbon and lace at the hem, and a cream lace long-sleeved overdress. Underneath is a cream silk petticoat with lace edging, a white cotton petticoat with five pin tucks, a white cotton petticoat, and cream silk lace-edged pantaloons. On her feet are knee length silk knitted stockings and cream silk slippers banded with gold coloured braid, with leather soles. She has a gold coloured braid girdle. Around her neck is a cream silk ribbon embroidered with pearl beads and brilliants. At the bottom edge of each side is a red corded braid cross on a blue velvet background edged with gold coloured fringe. She wear s a red satin train heavily embroidered with gold sequins, and gold coloured metal threads edged with gold coloured braid. It has a gold coloured tassel at each bottom corner (one detached). The train is lined with cream satin edged with gold braid and is joined at the neck with a gold coloured metal and pearl bead morse. On each shoulder is a blue velvet ribbon bow with a silver coloured square set with ruby beads. On her right hand she wears two rings, one with a ruby bead and one with a brilliant. On her left hand, middle finger, is a plain gold ring. She has a blue velvet crown edged with 'ermine' and decorated with ruby, emerald and pearl beads and brilliants. The crown is quartered by gold coloured braid and brilliants and the whole is surmounted by a gold coloured filigree square edged with pearls and decorated with brilliants and emerald and ruby beads. The orb consists of a gold coloured pierced metal sphere decorated with pearl beads and surmounted by a cross made up of pearl beads, brilliants and an emerald bead in the centre. The sceptre consists of a gold coloured rod which has gold coloured thread, brilliants and pearl beads wound around it. It is surmounted by a ball covered in red silk which in turn is surmounted by a rectangle covered in brilliants and ruby beads. Several of the pearl beads and brilliants are now coming unstuck and are partially detached. Total number of items is 4.
Loaned to the Museum of Childhood by the Betty Cadbury Trust Sudbury in October 1993.
Makers and roles
Margaret Glover, maker