Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fife Fringe Tiara

Princess Louise
Princess Louise
Creation: This tiara was made by Hancocks and can also be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Louise, The Princess Royal, Duchess of Fife; from her parents, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, on the occasion of her 1889 marriage to Alexander Duff, Duke of Fife
  2. Princess Alexandra of Connaught, Duchess of Fife; inherited from her mother in 1931
  3. Princess Alexandra
  4. James Carnegie, Duke of Fife; inherited from his aunt in 1959

Questions:
  • Does the Duke of Fife still own the tiara?

Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Harewood Fringe Tiara

Creation: This tiara was created circa 1890 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds
Princess Mary
Princess Mary
Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood; from Lord & Lady Inchcape on the occasion of her 1922 marriage to Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood
  2. George Lascelles, Earl of Harewood; inherited from his mother in 1965
  3. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Christie's for $19,600 in 1966 
  4. Gerald Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 
  • How did this tiara come to be in the Duke of Westminster's possesion?
  • What is this tiara's provenance prior to Princess Mary.

Links:
Photos:  Munn

Friday, November 28, 2014

Harewood Diamond Tiara

Creation:  The center piece could be replaced with a sapphire and diamond brooch that was given to Princess Mary from her mother, Queen Mary, on the occasion of her 1922 marriage to Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood.

Materials:  diamonds
Princess Mary
Princess Mary
Princess Mary
Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood
  2. George Lascelles, Earl of Harewood; inherited from his mother in 1965
  3. Unknown Owner; sold at auction for £9,500 in 1970

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sapphire Bandeau Tiara

Queen Mary
Princess Margaret
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds and a sapphire

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom

Other Wearers:

Questions:

Links:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Poltimore Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Garrard circa 1870 and can be converted into a necklace and eleven brooches.

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold
Lady Poltimore


Provenance:
  1. Florence Bampfylde, Lady Poltimore
  2. Coplestone Bampfylde, Baron Poltimore; inherited from his mother in 1909
  3. George Bampfylde, Baron Poltimore; inherited from his father in 1918
  4. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; bought at auction for £5,500 in 1959
  5. David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley; inherited from his mother in 2002
  6. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Christie's for £926,400 in 2006
Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Questions:
  • Did Coplestone Bampfylde's wife, Margaret, or George Bampfylde's wife, Cynthia, ever wear this tiara?
Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Links:
Photos:  Christie's

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snowdon Floral Tiara

Lady Sarah
Lady Sarah
Creation:  This tiara was made by Wartski in 1994 using three floral brooches given to Princess Margaret by her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon on the occasion of the wedding in 1960.

Materials:  diamonds
Princess Margaret
Lady Sarah
Provenance:
  1. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  2. Lady Sarah Chatto; inherited from her mother in 2002

Other Wearers:
  • Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal; at her 2006 wedding to Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal
Lady Frances
Lady Frances
Lady Frances
Questions:  
  • When were the floral brooches created?
  • Which jeweller created the floral brooches?

Links:

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turquoise Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Garrard circa 1900.  Queen Elizabeth had the top diamond border removed.

Materials:  diamonds and Persian turquoises set in gold and platinum
Queen Elizabeth
Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Provenance: 
  1. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1923 marriage to King George VI of the United Kingdom
  2. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; from her mother on the occasion of her 21st birthday in

Questions:
  • Did this tiara belong to Queen Mary before she gave it to Queen Elizabeth?
  • Was this tiara inherited by Princess Margaret's children in 2002 or did it return to the Queen's Collection like the Lotus Flower Tiara?

Links:
Photos:  Munn

Friday, November 21, 2014

Teck Hoop Necklace Tiara

Creation: This tiara was created circa 1860 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver
Princess Mary Adelaide
Princess Mary Adelaide
Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck
  2. Marchioness Margaret of Cambridge; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1897
  3. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; bought or inherited from her sister-in-law
  4. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; from her mother-in-law
  5. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; from her mother
  6. Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2002
Marchioness Margaret
Queen Elizabeth
Questions:
  • How did Queen Mary acquire this tiara from her sister-in-law?
Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection/Munn

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teck Turquoise Parure Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1850 and in 1912 Queen Mary had the tiara altered by E. Wolff & Co.

Materials:  turquoises and diamonds

Queen Mary

Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck
  2. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; from her mother on the occasion of her 1983 marriage to King George
  3. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her marriage in 1935
  4. Duchess Brigitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law
Princess Alice
Duchess Birgitte
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1914 by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard using diamonds from the dismantled County of Surrey Tiara and left over diamonds from the Ladies of England Tiara.  The center of the tiara was made to use the Cullinan V, a sapphire and diamond brooch, and a pink topaz and diamond brooch interchangeably.  Queen Mary later had the center of the tiara lowered and new diamond honeysuckle made to use in place of the other three stones.  When Queen Mary gave the tiara to Princess Alice, she only gave her the diamond honeysuckle center but Princess Alice later inherited the pink topaz brooch and acquired a cabochon emerald central piece.
Queen Mary
Duchess Birgitte
Materials:  diamonds with an interchangeable emerald or pink topaz
Princess Alice
Queen Mary
Princess Alice
Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
  2. Princess Alice, Duchess of Goucester; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and she later inherited the pink topaz center stone in 1953
  3. Duchess Brigitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law
Duchess Birgitte
Duchess Birgitte
Links:
Photos:  Munn/The Royal Collection