Interesting jewel comments in newspapers
Posted by Dawn on July 7, 2017, 10:21 pm
Source: Library of Congress newspaper collection. |
1) from "The Day Book" (Chicago, Ill; dated July 28, 1913):
London.---The stolen $625,000 necklace was to have been Princess Royal's wedding gift to Duchess of Fife on her marriage to Prince Arthur of Connaught.
2) From "The Daily Bulletin" (Honolulu, HI; dated August 3, 1889): (in reference to Princess Louise, the Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife)
"Mrs. Mackay's wedding gift to Princess Louise is a pair of diamond earrings, costing $15,000. All her wedding presents are valued at $(L as in English pounds)200,000. Lord Fife's present to his bride is a tiara and two necklaces. The tiara is a mass of diamonds and one of the most artistic and valuable pieces of the kind in England."
(how true is that statement about the truly beautiful Fife tiara!!)
3) From "The Devil's Lake World" (Devil's Lake, North Dakota; dated July 12, 1922):
"Keep List of Wedding Gifts"
Royalties Now Take No Chances of Presents Being Pilfered by Dishonest Personages
"Royal Wedding gifts---a subject of topical interest at the moment---were not always so carefully dealt with and tended as they are nowadays. Visiting a cupio (sp?) dealer's shop in Aberdeen in the early days of her widowhood, Queen Victoria discovered there one of her own wedding presents---a piece of silver given by a servant of Stockmar, the prince consort's friend and physician. 'Perturbed and wounded,' the queen instituted an inquiry and found that many things given her at her wedding were carelessly stored in odd rooms at Windsor, in cellars at Buckingham palace, at Osborne and at Balmoral; lack of control in the household had allowed others, including pieces of plate and various costly gifts, to be spirited away, and some sold. At once, she put in hand the work of cataloging and photographing her wedding gifts, the catalogue being afterward extended to all her personal possessions. The same system was afterward applied in the case of wedding gifts to King Edward and King George, and the catalogues now fill many big leather-bound and indexed volumes."
The last portion of the above in bold is an interesting fact.
4) From "The Cook County Herald" (Grand Marais, MN; dated November 24, 1900):
ROYAL WEDDING GIFTS
"Queen Victoria's presents to Princess Maria of Hanover, who was married recently to Prince William of Baden, includes a magnificent silver tea service, some crown Derby china, an Indian shawl and a collection of photographs in a valuable case. The prince of Wales sent a butterfly in diamonds, and the duke of York and his sisters gave their cousin a large silver basket and four small ones. Princess Marie is said to have received nearly 1,000 presents, including a superb set of jewels from the Emperor Francis Joseph, and jewels and valuable plate from the emperor and empress of Russia."
5) From "The United Opinion" (Bradford, VT; dated December 21, 1888):
ROYAL WEDDING GIFTS
"Among the handsomest presents received by the Princess Letitia on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of Aosta was a diadem ornamented with 1,200 diamonds. Another costly diadem of pearls, having in the center one enormous diamond, was presented by the Empress Eugenie. A toilet set consisting of ten pieces of massive silver plate, delicately hammered and chiseled and then gilt, was one of the most conspicuous presents. The set includes a mirror supported on an eagle and two oblong boxes ornamented by branches of myrtle, a couple of trays for letters, a pair of candelabra with three branches, each resting on an eagle, and a basket delicately chased with garlands of roses and violets."
6) From "The Wilmington Daily Republican" (Wilmington, Delaware; dated December 12, 1894):
ROYAL WEDDING GIFTS
"London, Dec. 12---The Prince and Princess of Wales presented Lady Margaret Grosvenor, daughter of the Duke of Westminster, who was married today to Prince Adolphus of Teck, with a wedding gift of a pearl and diamond crescent. The present of the Duke and Duchess of Teck is a tiara. The Duke and the Duchess of York and the Duke and Duchess of Fife presented Lady Margaret with a diamond coronet and the queen sent a diamond brooch."
My note: If I find any more newspaper reports, I will include them here.