Crown Jewel

A brooch given by Queen Victoria to her favourite daughter, Beatrice, on her 14th birthday is to be sold at Tennants Auctioneer’s Autumn Fine Art Sale on 18th November at their North Yorkshire salerooms in Leyburn.

The gold, diamond and turquoise brooch once be- longed to Victoria, Duchess of Kent (formerly Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld), who had left all her jewellery to her daughter Queen Victoria on her death in 1861. Inscribed on the back of the brooch is: ‘Had be- longed to dear grandmamma V. From Mama V.R. 14th April 1871. To Beatrice’.

This historic jewel was purchased by Tennants’ client’s late father from jewellers in Skipton, North Yorkshire, during the 1940s, and was given as a gift to his wife. It’s now being offered for sale with an estimate of £3,000-5,000 (plus 24 per cent buyers premium).

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available on their website leading up to the sale.

Woo Gilchrist