Queen Victoria gifted bracelet to sell at Bonhams' Scottish sale

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2015-06-26 12:55:09

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Queen Victoria gifted bracelet to sell at Bonhams' Scottish sale

A bracelet gifted by Queen Victoria to mark her daughter's wedding will auction on August 30

A bracelet which Queen Victoria gifted to her lady of the bedchamber is to auction on August 29-30 in part two of Bonhams' annual Scottish sale.

Queen Victoria Appointment letterQueen Victoria memorabilia's current popularity hasn't yet affected prices

The bracelet was presented to Jane Ely, Marchioness of Ely, to mark the occasion of Princess Louise's engagement to Lord Lorne, after he proposed on the grounds of the Balmoral Estate in 1870. Queen Victoria seemed thrilled with the idea when she wrote: "This was an eventful day!" in her diary, but the engagement was not met with the same enthusiasm by other members of the royal family. Many of the family frowned upon Lord Lorne's proposal due to his social status. Although he was a high-ranking aristocrat and a subject of the queen, he was not a member of a royal house. Nonetheless, the couple married with Victoria's approval. The bracelet, which features a locket with a painting of Louise inside, is made from ornate granite and is inscribed: "To the Marchioness of Ely in recollection of the Dhu Loch 3rd October 1870 from Victoria R". It is expected to bring between 300-600, an estimate that could well be beaten considering recent trends. With a number of Queen Victoria items seeing strong results at auction recently, her memorabilia is fast emerging as a popular collector's choice. Paul Fraser Collectibles urges our readers to join this growing market before prices begin to rise further. We are currently offering a beautifully crafted appointment letter bearing Queen Victoria's autograph as well as a handwritten telegraph from our longest reigning monarch.

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