Hugh Roberts on page 234 cites a Cartier Archive Special Order dated 27 May 1939 as the source for the information about the precise number and type of diamonds used in the Cartier Lily brooch.
I suspect that the date of this document is for when the account was sent for payment rather than the date when the brooch was commissioned, as QEQM wore the brooch in Washington on 8 June 1939.
Unless the brooch was worn during the Canadian part of Their Majesties 1939 trip, I think that it may have been worn in public for the first time in Washington. Has any one ever seen HM wearing it during the 1939 Canadian visit?
The brooch can be seen from approximately 0.43 minutes.
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