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March 28, 2016 12:35 pm  #1


TBF-QV-2 Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches

2.  Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches

   In 1858, as part of the Hanoverian Claim, Queen Victoria was forced to hand over ‘Queen Charlotte’s Bow Brooches’ to her cousin the King of Hanover. As a result, she commissioned Garrard to create this set of three bow brooches, two large and one smaller, to replace those that she had lost.[1]

   The stones, in total 497 brilliants and nine roses, were provided by The Queen herself, being taking from “redundant pieces of jewellery in her collection”,[2] the total bill for the setting of these new brooches came to a total of “£71 10s”.[3]

   These brooches are described by Roberts as being “much livelier … than Queen Charlotte’s rather stiff and flat bows”; they consist of “a suite of three, each formed as a naturalistic ribbon bow, transparent set with brilliant- and rose-cut stones, each bow with a suspension loop”.[4]

   These brooches were subsequently designated as heirlooms of the Crown upon Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, and thus passed to Queen Alexandra.[5]

   Queen Alexandra was pictured wearing them on occasion, most notably to the first State Opening of Parliament following Queen Victoria’s death, when she wore them down the length of her skirt, with pendants of necklace chains and pear-shaped drops suspended from the suspension loops. Queen Alexandra also pinned these brooches down her skirt for her coronation in 1902, with ‘Queen Victoria’s Emerald Fringe Earrings’ hanging as pendants from the suspension loops.[6]

   In turn these brooches passed to Queen Mary in 1910. She first wore these to the first State Opening of Parliament of her husband's reign, pinning the two larger brooches to either side of her mantle.[7] They were again worn to her coronation in 1911, when Queen Mary pinned them in a vertical row, suspending various pear-shaped pendant drops from the suspension loops; this is an arrangement she wore numerous times, on occasion suspending the Lahore Diamond and the Cullinan III stone as pendants from these brooches.[8]

   In 1936, following the accession of King George VI, these brooches passed to Queen Elizabeth, who was pictured on a number of occasions wearing either one or two pinned to her lapel.[9]

   Subsequently in 1952, these brooches passed to The Queen, who has worn them on numerous occasions, usually pinning one to her lapel, for daytime engagements.[10] On one occasion in 1986, The Queen loaned the smaller brooch to Sarah, Duchess of York, to wear to the Braemar Games.[11]

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 60
2. Ibid., p. 60
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 60; RA PPTO/PP/QV/PP2/30/9119, Garrard, 25 May 1858; Garrard 1858 (RCIN 1170220), fols. 14, 26 and 34
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 60
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 60; Garrard 1896-1912 (RCIN 1116294), fol. 43
6. Shelia Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 74; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 59; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, pp. 37 (RCIN 2933157), 54 (RCIN 2106307) and 62
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 111 (RCIN 2808304)
8. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 86; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, pp. 59 and 82; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, pp. 24, 55 (RCIN 2306167), 63 (RCIN 2808311) and 112 (RCIN 2808303)
9. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 89; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 59; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 63
10. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 87; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 59; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 63
11. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 59



 

 

August 26, 2016 7:16 am  #2


Re: TBF-QV-2 Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches

Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches
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Queen Victoria
    
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Queen Alexandra - 1901 - her first State Opening of Parliament following Queen Victoria’s death
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Queen Alexandra - 1902 - pinned these brooches down her skirt for her coronation
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Queen Mary - at the first State Opening of Parliament of her husband's reign
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Queen Mary - 1911 - at her coronation
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Queen Elizabeth - wearing either one or two pinned to her lapel
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QEII -
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Sarah, Duhcess of York - 1986 - on loan for the Braemar Games
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