Empress Frederick's Circlet and Other Info
Posted by Dawn on July 26, 2017, 9:32 pm, in reply to "Questions about Two Photos"
Source: the Library of Congress newspaper collection and Google Images: |
1) From 'The Evening Star' (Washington, D.C.; dated April 28, 1907):
All under the main title "Romances of Crowns" (submitted by Frank Schermerhorn)
(in a summary)
***"The diadem of the Belgian Queen, however, though quite modern, is of remarkable beauty. It contains some of the finest pear-shaped pearls that are known, and upward to five thousand blue white brillants." Is it matching this picture in the link?
***The diadem of the (German) Empress is a golden circlet from which rise interlaced Gothic arches, topped by rosettes that reach to the summit of an inner cap of gold brocade. The whole is surmounted by the globe and cross of the Empire, supported by jeweled hoops." Is this the circlet worn by Empress Frederick of Germany (in the picture below without the 'cap of gold brocade' in the link) or something else?
***"Guarded sacredly in the Quirinal Palace is the oldest crown in the world....the famous iron diadem of Lombardy. At first glance this appears to be a mere broad flat circlet ornamented with enameled flowers, and twenty-two rough and uncut emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. This, however, is only the outward garb of the precious iron crown within. This is a mere thin band of iron, composed, according to tradition, of the very nails used in the Crucifixion." Said to be more than 1,500 years old. (I found the google image of this iron diadem.....see here in the link).
2) From 'The Day Book' (Chicago, Ill; dated Sept. 3, 1913):
Under the main title "Everywhere's News in Tabloid Form"
***"London.---King Manuel's gift to his bride, platinum diadem studded with 2,000 diamonds and emeralds, under police protection." Is this description matching the google image in the link?
3) From "The Pacific Commerical Advertiser" (Honolulu, HI; dated Nov. 28, 1909):
"History has helped to make many a pearl famous. The late Queen Victoria of England was extremely fond of a certain necklace of pink pearls worth $80,000, and she often wore them without any other jewel to detract attention from them. One of the most interesting events attending the accession of her son Edward to the throne was the recovery of the black pearl, of priceless value, which disappeared from the English diadem in 1751 and which was unearthed in a Hungarian pawnshop and restored to its imperial position, to the joy of all Great Britain." My note: I tried to find pictures of both in google images but am not sure which one is correct or whether there exist any such picture on-line. I believe no royal family member in Britain has or had worn either jewel piece at all, is that correct?
4) From 'The Salt Lake Herald' (Salt Lake City, UT; dated Dec. 4, 1892):
***"Queen Victoria's pink pearls, Empress Frederick's seven rows of pure white pearls, and Grand Duchess Marie of Russia's superb necklace of the same gems, rank among the most valuable jewels in Europe." My note: I think Brian's recent post (under his post titled "Clarification" dated today in relation to Queen Sophia of Greece) here on the board mentioned Empress Frederick's rows of pearls went to one of her daughters as a wedding gift. I tried to find a google image of Empress Frederick's rows of pearl necklace, but cannot find one. Also, I am not sure which Grand Duchess Marie of Russia it talked about....there are several Russian Grand Duchess Maries out there in google images.
***"Queen Victoria was in the habit of giving each of her daughters since the day they were born a handsome pearl on every one of their birthdays, and thus when they grew up they found themselves the happy possessors of remarkably handsome necklaces. Empress Frederick of Germany and Princess Christian followed this charming example with their daughters."
"The Duchess of Cumberland has a collar of pearls valued at $300,000. This jewel was once worn by Queen Victoria, but she was some years ago forced to surrender it to the duchess on its being found that it formed part of the crown jewels of Hanover." My note: Do you know which picture to show this collar?
(Other sources in newspapers said Empress Frederick's row-of-pearl necklace was consisted of 32 pearls. Grand Duchess Marie of Russia's necklace was made up of 6 rows of pearls. The Tsarina of Russia's was of seven rows of pure white pearls)
The end (for now)!
: I have not seen these photos from google
: images before, so could you please tell me
: something about their jewels? I am surprised
: to see the Empress Frederick of Germany
: (oldest child of Britain's Queen Victoria)
: wearing a diadem that looks a lot like the
: one worn by Queens Victoria, Alexandra and
: Mary, at one time or another. Also, the
: photo of Queen Mary who was, I imagine, then
: Princess Mary of Teck is somewhat blurry in
: the area of these jewels. Could you tell
: what jewels she wore in the photo?
: See the links:
: (Empress Frederick of Germany, nee the
: Princess Royal of Great Britain and Ireland)
: (later Queen Mary)