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April 17, 2016 1:52 pm  #1


TBF-QM-13 Queen Mary’s Town of Windsor Ring

13. Queen Mary’s Town of Windsor Ring

   This ring was presented as a wedding gift to Queen Mary in 1893, from “the residents of Windsor and the surrounding district”.[1] It was reported to have cost £150,[2] and originally consisted of three large brilliant diamonds set on a plain band, with four smaller stones set at each corner of the large central diamond, as can be see in the photograph from Queen Mary’s photographic jewellery inventory.[3]

   Although Queen Mary’s jewellery inventory states that this ring was remodelled in 1924,[4] as it was reset in platinum with the four small stones removed, thus creating a “three-stone ring, the brilliants in openwork claw settings, with plain hoop”,[5] Roberts has found evidence that this work was actually carried out by Garrard a year earlier in 1923, at the cost of “£13”.[6]

   Similarly, although Roberts states that the ring was bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth upon Queen Mary’s death in 1953,[7] it could well have been given to Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present in 1923, as a similar three-stone ring can be seen illustrated in The Times among the other gifts from Queen Mary.[8] It passed to The Queen in 2002.[9]

1. The Times, 30 June 1893, p. 11; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152; Descriptive Catalogue of the Wedding Gifts, no. 1054; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 70
2. The Times, 30 June 1893, p. 11
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152; RA QM/PRIV/CC93, pl. 18, no. 7
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 74
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152
6. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 113, 17 April 1923
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152
8. The Times, 25 April 1923, p. 18
9. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 152
 

 

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