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Antique English Royal Presentation Brooch with Provenance, Enamel w Rose Cut Diamonds, Queen Alexandra Wife of Edward II

Antique English Royal Presentation Brooch with Provenance, Enamel w Rose Cut Diamonds, Queen Alexandra Wife of Edward II

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We at @cacheantiques are honoured to be the current caretakers of this Royal Presentation Brooch which has passed through generations of direct descent until reaching us. This particular brooch has deep ties not only with Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, but also to Sandringham itself. 

This presentation brooch is set with rose-cut diamonds and set in (tested) gold of up to 15 ct and silver. Encircled with a lovely white & blue dotted enamel border, this has been adapted from a brooch to a pendant. 

The royal monogram to the center is for Princess later Queen Alexandra of Denmark, wife to Edward VII. The brooch’s beauty speaks for itself, but the remarkable royal connexion is of course what elevates this piece. 

This brooch’s provenance stems from the Temple family, and in particular Sarah Jeanette (Nettie) "Nettie" Temple-Cole, formerly Temple., who was royal dresser to Her Highness. The daily duties of the royal dressers were arduous, but they were among a select few with such close access to Her Royal Highness. Princess Alexandra’s travel journals and snapshots frequently refer to her dressers by name, including Miss Temple, and they would participate in social gatherings (Strasdin, page 16).

This brooch was given to her by Her Majesty on the occasion of her marriage (C.1900) to Mr. Henry Cole, who was then a page in the Presence to Prince Edward, then Prince of Wales. They were married at Sandringham on New Year’s Day, 1900 with multiple members of the royal family in attendance, as well as most senior servants of Sandringham.

A remarkable bit of history, pictures fail to do this sparkling jewel with extraordinary royal provenance justice. Rose cut diamonds are a rare cut and have a subtle glamour about them but in person, the flat cut of the gems’ surfaces make them appear larger and more brilliant. A piece to treasure for generations to come.

Price marked at $6000 AUD.

Measurements: Diameter of approximately 2.5cm

Condition: Overall very good with very minor enamel loss, barely noticeable. Historical conversion from brooch to pendant; we have left any further conversions for the new owner to decide.

Further reading:

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Jeannette Sarah Temple, 1900; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1900, quarter 1, vol. 4B, p. 493, Freebridge Lynn, Norfolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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