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    Sale 5379

    Vintage & Modern Jewellery at South Kensington

    13 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    A CIGARETTE CASE, A GROUP OF CUFFLINKS, DRESS BUTTONS, BROOCHES AND A TURQUOISE BANGLE AND RING

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A CIGARETTE CASE, A GROUP OF CUFFLINKS, DRESS BUTTONS, BROOCHES AND A TURQUOISE BANGLE AND RING
    Including: an early 20th century rounded rectangular gun metal cigarette case with applied rose-cut diamond name Margaret, for Margaret de Windt, Ranee of Sarawak; a pair of 9ct. gold, mother-of-pearl, turquoise and enamel links, each circular mother-of-pearl panel with turquoise centre and blue enamel decorated surround, to chain link connections, hallmarked Birmingham 1906; four early 20th century circular mother-of-pearl dress buttons with turquoise centres; three early 20th century bar brooches, one with crowned eagle with applied castle representing the crest of Sarawak, a fox head, and a spoon with seed pearl accent; a mother-of-pearl brooch modelled as a shell with seed pearl accent; a circular wood box, the lid painted with the flags of Sarawak; and a metal box, the glazed lid enclosing a painting representing symbols of Sarawak; a hinged half-hoop bangle set to the front with a single line of turquoise; and an oval turquoise five stone half-hoop ring with rose-cut diamond points, one rose-cut diamond deficient; both circa 1890


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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of Charles Brooke, second Rajah of Sarawak (1829-1936) and Margaret de Windt, Ranee of Sarawak.


    Post Lot Text

    James Brooke (1803-1868) was awarded the title of Rajah of Sarawak after he successfully ended a rebellion in the region on behalf of the sultan of Brunei. This European dynasty was to rule Sarawak for a hundred years. When Brooke died in 1868 he had brought prosperity to the area and greatly reduced piracy and headhunting. The second Rajah, Charles Johnson (1829-1936) was the nephew of James Booke and later adopted the Brooke family name, ruling the territory until 1917.

    Charles married Margaret de Windt in 1869, and she remained with him in Sarawak until 1882 when ill health forced her to return to London. Under the rule of the second Rajah and his wife, the economy and administrative structure were improved, slavery was abolished, agricultural output was increased and Kuching largely rebuilt. Sarawak became a British Protectorate in 1888 and oil was discovered in the early years of the 20th century. Charles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963) succeeded his father in 1917, but following the Second World War, could not afford the cost of rebuilding after the Japanese invasion and finally ceded Sarawak to Great Britain on July 1, 1946.