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Queen Victoria's birthday fan 1858

RCIN 25411

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The 15-year-old Victoria, Princess Royal, decorated this fan as a birthday gift for Queen Victoria in 1856. Its flowers form an acronym for VICTORIA. From left to right: violets; irises; cornflowers, convolvulus and corn ears; tulips and thistles; orange blossoms; roses, ivy, and auricula. Connected by swags containing the names and birthdates of Victoria, Albert and their first eight children, they flank the figures of Fame and Peace, possibly a reference to the end of the Crimean War.