Re: Further clarification
Posted by Boffer on May 9, 2012, 6:21 pm, in reply to "Further clarification"
Judging by the time frame, in that the diamonds were sold exactly a month after Queen Victoria's accession. It seems likely that she never had possession of them, and that William IV's Will must have expressly ordered that the Arcot diamonds, should be sold in compliance with his mother's wishes, instead of passing to Queen Victoria. |
Thus I would say that Queen Victoria never wore, nor owned the Arcots; owing to the fact that it was only a month's delay from William IV's death to their sale.
They must have passed into the hands of lawyers who decided to sell them in compliance with Queen Charlotte's Will and/or William IV's.
: This needs further clarification.
: Queen Charlotte divided her jewels in three
: parts in her Will -
: 1. the hereditary jewels from the collection
: of George II (yes, 2)
: 2. the Arcots
: 3. her remaining jewels.
: The Arcots were not the “Hanoverian jewels”
: which were the subject of the Hanoverian
: They were gifts to George III and Charlotte
: and she had willed them to be sold. It
: seems, from reading Bury in particular on
: the Hanoverian Claim, that Queen Adelaide
: was scrupulous about handing over things to
: her late husband’s executors.
: Remember, at this point that Queen Victoria
: was an18 year old girl.
: It seems that people decided to honour
: Charlotte’s expressed wish for the Arcots to
: be sold.
: EDITED: for further comment -
: It is still not clear if the Arcots were
: sold during the reign of William IV or
: --Previous Message--
: Source: George III & Queen Charlotte;
: Patronage Collecting and Court Taste ,
: Edited by Jane Roberts, Essays by
: Christopher Lloyd and Jonathan Marsden,
: Royal Collection Publications, 2004
: In 1767 the Nabob of Arcot “presented George
: III and Queen Charlotte with a gift of arms
: and jewels which included seven large
: diamonds, subsequently known as the Arcot
: diamonds. In her will Queen Charlotte
: specifically directed that they were to be
: sold and the money divided among her four
: younget surviving daughters. George IV
: disregarded his mother’s will and claimed
: the diamonds as his own personal property,
: apparently setting them into the new
: Imperial State Crown in 1821. After the
: coronation of William IV and Queen Adelaide
: in 1831 - when the diamonds were set in the
: Queen’s crown - the diamonds were sold to
: Rundells, who auctioned them at Willis’s
: Rooms, St James’s, on 20 July 1837. There
: they were purchased by the Emanuel Brothers,
: who sold them to the 1st Marquess of
: Westminster for £11,000. In 1930 the two
: largest stones were set in the Westminster
: tiara, .....”