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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 557

    QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901)
    A ROYAL PRESENTATION ROSE CUT DIAMOND BADGE BROOCH

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901)
    A ROYAL PRESENTATION ROSE CUT DIAMOND BADGE BROOCH
    The Kings Royal Rifle Corps., the hair set locket back reverse engraved 'DEAR CHRISTLE OCT.29TH FROM GRANDMAMA VICTORIA R.I 1900', presumably a gift from Her Majesty Queen Victoria to Princess Helena, in memory of her grandson (the eldest
    son of Princess Helena), who died in South Africa
    1 in. (2.7 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Christie's, South Kensington, 7 October 1997, lot 405.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts


    Post Lot Text

    This brooch was presumably a gift from Her Majesty Queen Victoria to her daughter Princess Helena, in memory of her grandson Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein (the eldest son of Princess Helena), affectionately known as 'Christle'. He was educated at Lambrook, Wellington College, Magdalen College, Oxford. He then attended the Royal Military College Sandhurst and was commissioned into the 60th Kings Royal Rifles in 1888 and later served in the 4th Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He served at Hazara and Mirzanai in 1891, Ashanti 1895 and the Nile in 1898. During the Boer War he served as a staff officer and took part in the relief of Ladysmith under General Redvers Buller later Lord Roberts. In October 1900, while in Pretoria he contracted Malaria and on 29th October at the age of 33 he died and was interred at Pretoria Cemetary.