It must have seemed amazing that Queen Victoria celebrated 60 years as the monarch of the United Kingdom and the Empire. Well, it is amazing that anyone should be head of state for 60 or more years. Our present Queen, Elizabeth II is only the second English/British monarch to serve for more than 60 years.
So no wonder, when Victoria reached her Diamond Jubilee, it was celebrated and memorabilia manufacturers had a field day. We have already seen two Diamond Jubilee medallions or brooches on this blog and here is a third, found by metal detectorist Norman on the old recreation ground.
The front tells us, or would without the damage, that Victoria the Good had reigned from 1837 to 97.
The reverse has a little more information.
To commemorate the 60th year of the reign of H. M. Queen Victoria.
It is not clear how this medallion was fixed to a garment. Not all that well, presumably, as it got lost.
But it has been found and is now safely at Market Lavington Museum.