Royal Signature with Mourning Ribbon
Beautiful crisp, florid signature by Queen Victoria likely cut from an official document, on off-white card approximately 3″ x 2″, with a subtle, well-repaired tear across the right corner, and scattered light toning. Accompanied by a scarce vintage black satin ribbon mourning the 1901 death of the beloved Queen known as the Grandmother of Europe. Ribbon is approximately 3″ x 6″ and in superb condition for being well over 100 years old, beautifully feathered at each end.
VICTORIA (Alexandrina Victoria, 1819-1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20, 1837, and the first Empress of India from May 1, 1876, until her death on January 22, 1901. Her reign as Queen lasted 63 years and seven months, longer than that of any previous British monarch, surpassed only by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015. The period of history and society centered on her reign is known as the Victorian era.
Victoria was the granddaughter of Britain’s King George III, and the niece of King William IV who was her predecessor and was a descendant of most major European royal houses. Victoria arranged marriages for her nine children and forty two grandchildren across the continent, tying Europe together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe.”