Top 10: Queen Victoria memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:28:57

10. Black mourning silk stockings – £3,400

A pair of black mourning silk stockings once owned by Queen Victoria sold for £3,400 at a Lyon and Turnbill auction on November 1, 2011.

Victoria wore mourning clothes for the last 40 years of her life, following the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861.

9. Silk stockings – £4,200

A pair of white silk stockings once owned by Queen Victoria made £4,200 at a Lyon and Turnbill sale on November 1, 2011.

8. Bodice, skirt and underskirt – £4,500

Victoria’s black silk skirt, bodice and underskirt, worn by the queen from 1897 until 1900, achieved £4,500 at CooperOwen in 2005.

7. A selection of diary entries 1832-1840 – £4,800

A selection of Victoria’s handwritten diary entries from 1832 to 1840, beginning when Victoria was 13 and including the first years of her reign (1837 – 1901), sold for £4,800 at Christie’s in 2006.

6. Travelling medicine case – £5,400

Victoria’s leather travelling medicine case, with divisions containing 15 bottles – mostly from London’s Squire & Son of Oxford Street – sold for £5,400 at Christie’s in 1995.

5. Letters of Queen Victoria – £7,200

The first in a three-volume collection of letters from Queen Victoria sold for £7,200 at Christie’s in 2006.

The letters were collated by Victoria’s son, Edward VII, who ruled from 1901 to 1910.

4. Victoria’s silk bloomers – £7,500

Victoria’s silk bloomers sold for £7,500 at a Lyon and Turnbill auction in November, 2011.

The large bloomers are embroidered with “VR2”, which stands for Victoria Regina, the latin for "Queen Victoria".

3. Gold and coral bracelet – £8,813

A gold and coral bracelet, given to Victoria by her mother, the Duchess of Kent, for Victoria's 40th birthday in 1859, sold for £8,813 at Christie’s in 2003, against a £1,200 high-end estimate.

2. Signed letter to Tennyson – £9,560

Victoria’s letter to poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson in October 1863 achieved £9,560 at Christie’s in 2003.

The letter, signed V.R.I, details the queen’s pleasure at the poet’s acceptance of a peerage, as well as her anger at newspaper speculation regarding her and her servant, John Brown.

1. Portrait of Princess Louise by Queen Victoria – £10,000

Queen Victoria painted a picture of her daughter Princess Louise in 1852, from an original by Franz Xavier Winterhalter which he completed the previous year.

The oil work made £10,000 at Christie’s in 2009.

Princess Louise, who was just three at the time of the original work, was Victoria’s sixth child and went on to be a supporter of the suffragist movement.

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