vintage british fashion

Queen Victoria’s Beautiful Birthday Fan

This amazing fan was gifted to Queen Victoria on her 39th birthday (24th May 1858) by Prince Albert. The fan was almost certainly made in France by  Madame Rebours, who had been granted a royal warrant by Victoria. It features Victoria’s monogram VR below by a crown, and swags of lilies-of-the-valley (among other flowers) and ribbons. During the Victorian era, flower symbolism became immensely popular .Since this fan was commissioned for Victoria’s birthday her ‘birth flower’ (those lilies-of-the-valley) decorates the fan extensively.