A tobacco tin from 1897

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A tobacco tin from 1897

Diamond Jubilee Flake

This small tin reminds us about the Diamond Jubilee of 1897 when Queen Victoria had reigned for 60 years.

We use the term Diamond Jubilee for a celebration of 60 years duration quite readily now but in 1897 there was no such phrase. Originally in that year it was just another Jubilee like the successful one of 1887 when Victoria had reigned for 50 years. However, a different title was thought best and the phrase Diamond Jubilee invented for the occasion.

Not only does the diamond shape of the tin reflect the occasion but the colours are red, white and blue representing the national flag and the jubilee dates of 1837 and 1897 are a part of the design.

People all over the world celebrated Diamond Jubilee day on June 22nd 1897 so that it is probably the largest civil commemoration ever held. This tin represents both the origin of the name, Diamond Jubilee, and the event itself at the height of the British Empire.

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