A Royal Gift

Royal Presentation Brooch of Queen Alexandra, Great Britain circa 1905

Precious gold boxes, pins and brooches were common gifts from royal houses in the 19th and early 20th centuries to loyal subjects who had rendered outstanding service. They were considered to be the highest non-military awards and usually bear the initials ("royal cypher") of the member of the royal house from whom the gift was awarded. The present brooch is such a gift. It bears in the centre the interlaced letters "AA" of Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia of Denmark, who was Queen Consort and Empress Consort to the British regent King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910 and ruled the United Kingdom, its dominions and India at her husband's side. Alexandra is known to have given a wide variety of jewellery gifts with her initial, some of which she even gave to servants with personal dedications. Due to her warm, friendly nature she was extremely popular and because of her beauty she was considered a fashion icon even beyond the borders of the court. In particular, she loved jewellery and always had herself portrayed wearing magnificent jewellery in unusual quantities; the Edwardian fashion of the choker, a necklace worn close to the neck, is attributed to her. We reproduce the 1905 state portrait of the Queen by Sir Samuel Luke Fildes (Royal Collection Trust, RCIN 404554). The brooch here shows itself to be at the fashionable height of its time and is executed in the so-called Garland Style. On a luminous ground of ice-blue enamel guilloché the cypher is set with diamond roses. Separated by a band of white enamel, a wreath of silver laurels set with diamonds and pearls frames the round. Crowning the design is a gold miniature of the British Imperial State Crown. The back conceals a medallion compartment with a glass lid. The brooch is beautifully preserved. A rare opportunity to acquire a proverbial royal gift!

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.