During Victoria’s reign commemorative tray cloths, handkerchiefs, towels and scarfs printed on cotton or silk were manufactured in considerable quantities and were reasonably priced. The finest might be printed on unbleached silk or on cotton with a ribbed woven edge. Even cheaper was a pattern printed on unbleached smooth cotton or on paper. The Queen, members of her family, palaces, Prime Ministers, industrial exhibitions and maps of the colonies, and types of Victorian transport such as the railway, steamships and early cars, could be found on them. Popular modern prints like these could attract a wide public, since they could either be used in the home, as practical furnishing details or if printed on silk, be worn by their owner as a scarf.
Cotton textile length printed with a pattern of yellow and blue twelve sided stars with bust-length portraits of Queen Victoria in the centre, with motifs of roses, shamrocks and thistles. This textile length is thought to have been manufactured to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and may have been intended for export.
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