"At the center of the sumptuous, well-upholstered age we call Victorian is the diminutive figure of a Queen who set the tone of those expansive years between 1837 and 1901. She ruled an Empire on which the sun never set, but she was also a loving wife to her husband, Albert, and a caring and concerned, if regal, mother to their nine children.
Queen Victoria took her responsibilities as ruler seriously, but the emotional center of her life and Albert's was their children and the family atmosphere of their houses on the Isle of Wight, in Scotland, and in the English countryside, not the social grandeur of London. Her subjects took their cue from the Royal family. The social scene in London, however, remained brilliant for four months of every year, led by Victoria's son Edward, Prince of Wales and his wife Alexandra." We have attempted to capture the ease and graciousness of this era at our Victorian Heart Shoppe.
We have given you glimpses of this privileged, vanished world from their clothing and accessories, to their arts and crafts, to their homes and gardens. (From "A Victorian Book of Days" copyright 1983.)
Fern Hunting in the Victorian Era
Did you know that fern hunting was a major past time of the Victorians in the United Kingdom? So much so that they nearly caused the extinction of some rare plants in their attempts to bring all sorts of exotic ferns into their homes without much knowing how to care for them!
Fern hunts were a social occasion for both men and women, and for all classes, and displaying exotic ferns in the home in an early style of terraria became quite a status symbol.
This fern craze, or pteridomania, is evidenced in the papers, pottery and textiles of the period... greeting cards, fabrics, etc. were often decorated with images of ferns or actual dried fern
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Victorian Ferns Imagery