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April 17, 2016 3:12 pm  #1


TBF-QM-5 Queen Mary’s Love Trophy Collar

5. Queen Mary's Love Trophy Collar

   For her seventeenth birthday in 1884, Queen Mary received from her mother “diamond star earrings”.[1] And upon the occasion of her confirmation a year later in 1885, Queen Mary received, from her grandmother the Duchess of Cambridge, “some beautiful diamond stars”,[2] which were a set of seven 12-pointed stars.[3] Her aunt, the Grand-Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz also gave her a diamond spray brooch upon the occasion of her confirmation, which Queen Mary described as a “beautiful diamond brooch”.[4]
 
   Queen Mary can be seen wearing all seven 12-pointed diamond stars pinned down her skirt during the Devonshire House Ball in 1898.[5] These three gifts were later dismantled, and the diamonds used to create a “scroll and ribbon pattern collar”,[6] which was subsequently dismantled in 1901, and the stones used to create ‘Queen Mary’s Love Trophy Collar’.[7]

   Roberts describes this collar as being “formed of seven brilliant-set panels, each with an amatory of bow, quiver and torch in a laurel-wreath oval suspended from a ribbon tie, framed by foliate brilliant-set bands”.[8]

   Although Munn attributes this “garland style” collar to Cartier,[9] no reference to it can be found in their archives.[10] Nor is there any reference to it in the Garrard archives or ledgers, however Roberts believes an attribution to this firm is most likely;[11] as it appears in the Garrard ledges in 1902, when the firm supplied four diamonds, and made repairs to the collar.[12]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 32; Queen Mary to Prince Adolphus of Teck, quoted in, Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, p. 136
2. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 18; Queen Mary to the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, quoted in, Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, p. 163  
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154 
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 19; Queen Mary, quoted in, Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, p. 164
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 138 (RCIN 2926140)
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 47
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154
8. Ibid., p. 154
9. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 109
10. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154
11. Ibid., p. 154
12. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 154; (GA Garrard RL51, fol. 266, 20 January 1902)
 

 

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