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April 17, 2016 3:37 pm  #1


TBF-QM-2 Queen Mary's County of Surrey Necklace/Tiara

2. Queen Mary's County of Surrey Necklace/Tiara

   This tiara was a wedding-gift to Queen Mary in 1893 from the County of Surrey, and was presented to her by the Earl of Lovelace, in his capacity as Lord-Lieutenant of the county. It was described in the Times as being a tiara “composed entirely of brilliants of large size and … convertible at will into a necklace”.[1]

   It was illustrated among her wedding gifts in the Illustrated London News,[2] and was exhibited at the Imperial Institute among the three tiaras that featured in the exhibition of the wedding gifts TRHs had received; a photograph from this exhibition featured in The Graphic.[3] This tiara also features in Queen Mary’s photographic jewellery inventory.[4]

   This piece was photographed being worn as a necklace, along with ‘Queen Mary’s Boucheron Loop Tiara’,[5] by W. D. Downey, to mark the visit of the then Prince and Princess of Wales to India between 1905 and 1906.[6] It was also photographed being worn as a tiara by Queen Mary with ‘Queen Mary’s Kapurthala Stomacher’.[7]

   It was dismantled in 1913, with the biggest “13 large brilliants” being used “furnish tops to [Queen Mary's] Girls of Great Britain [and Ireland] Tiara in place of pearls”, for the cost of £34.[8]

   The rest of the stones were used to create a new “Greek honeysuckle pattern Tiara”, ‘Queen Mary’s Greek Tiara’.[9]

1. The Times, 23 June 1893, p. 10
2. Illustrated London News, 6 July 1893
3. The Graphic, 15 July 1893, p. 88
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 139; RA QM/PRIV/CC93, pl. 5a, no. 1.
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 156 (RCIN 2808148); Geoffrey Munn, Tiaras: A History of Splendor, (Woodbridge: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2001), pl. 109.
6. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 110
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 194 (Note: This picture shows the tiara being worn in the base of the ‘Girls and Great Britain Tiara’).
8. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 136, GA Garrard RL3, fol. 95, 21 April 1914;
RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 80, no. 2.
9. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 164; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 95, 21 April 1914
 

 

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