Queen Victoria & Albert
Snuff box presented as a gift by Queen Victoria in 1837 - Upon her accession to the throne, Queen Victoria made many gifts to those who had served her mother and herself while they lived in Kensington Palace. An inscription on this magnificent snuffbox of gold, diamonds and enamel records that it was given to Colonel Harcourt in 1837, “in recognition of services rendered to Queen Victoria while she resided at Kensington Palace.”
The brooch originally belonged to Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who on her death in 1861 left her jewellery to her daughter, Queen Victoria. The Queen subsequently gave the brooch to her third daughter Helena 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."
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) in 1843 by Franz Xavier Winterhalter. It shows Victoria in an unusual pose with half her hair let down & looking into the distance. It was commissioned by Victoria for Albert (1819-1861) & it is said that he kept it locked in his study where no one could catch a glimpse of it, possibly because a woman with half undone hair could have been considered quite racy in those days.