Cheffins, an auctioneer for nearly 200 years, has announced it will auction two pieces of jewellery gifted by Queen Victoria to her goddaughters in the late 19th century.
The first piece, a locket, was gifted to the Queen’s goddaughter, Lady Victoria Scott, in 1865, for her marriage.
The second, a brooch or pendant, was for the christening of Scott’s daughter, Victoria Alexandrina Alberta Kerr, in 1876.
The pieces both bear Queen Victoria’s name, with the first estimated at £3,000-5,000 and the second at £4,000-6,000.
The first is monogrammed with ‘VR’ on the front and has a personal engraving which reads “To Lady Victoria Scott, on her marriage Feb y, 23 1865 from Victoria R”.
The second comes in an original fitted case with an applied shield engraved “To Lady Victoria Alexandrina Alberta Kerr from her Godmother Victoria R 11 December 1876.”
Steven Collins, head of jewellery, silver and watches, commented: “Any jewellery with royal connections is always an exciting find when it surfaces on the art market and these pieces come with cast-iron provenance from direct descent of the family.
“Never before seen on the open market, these items are historically important, demonstrating Queen Victoria’s love for her two goddaughters and her close friendship with the Buccleuch family back in 19th century.
“Queen Victoria’s almost mythical reign of 63 years over the United Kingdom makes her a continued source of fascination for people from across the world and it is a privilege to handle jewellery from who must be one of our most famous monarchs.”