Gold Brooch Made in 1830 that Belonged to Queen Victoria Offered by Bonhams


LONDON.- A gold, enamel and garnet bodice brooch from 1830 that belonged to Queen Victoria will be offered in the Jewellery Sale, taking place on April 6th at Bonhams Knightsbridge. The finely detailed brooch is embellished with green and red enamel, set with cabochon garnets that suspend an elongated drop of a similar design. It is estimated to sell for £600 – 800. The brooch originally belonged to Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who on her death in 1861 (the same year as the death of Prince Albert) left her jewellery to her daughter, Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria subsequently gave the brooch to her third daughter Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, as a present on her 24th birthday in 1870. The reverse of the brooch has a simple, yet very personal engraving: “Belonged to dear Grandmamma V. From Mama V.R. to Helena 25th May 1870.”