Oben im Grace Wilson-Vanderbilt (1870-1953)
Above in the picture, Grace Wilson-Vanderbilt (1870-1953)
...Morning Dec 10th, The question of what kind of jewerlry to give their younger sister for a wedding present appears to vex both Belle and May!
Her sisters: Leila "Belle" Wilson 1864-1923, married to Sir Micheal Henry Herbert - brother of Lord Pembroke and Mary Rita May Wilson "May" 1855-1929, married to Ogden Goelet.
"Dearest Grace" May wrote from London, "we have all been trying.."
On the same day she wrote again: "Darling Grace, I wrote you this morning respecting my own wants and must now send you a line in regard to the jewels. I have seen both Boucheron and Hamelin. Boucheron I am rather inclined to think the best of; this is what Mungo and I liked - a dear little chain necklace with emerald drops.
What I should choose, you have got three large stones for future use and I think it's beautiful. "
"From Hamelin I like the pear-shaped diamond necklace very much indeed, but could not very well tell the effect without seeing the set.
Of course, it would be an advantage to have diamonds alone...."
"That stomacher of Hamelin's would make such a niche set of pins all of which you could wear in the daytime, but when divided it does not make very important ornaments."
"Haven't seen Morels designs, but I know he does me up most wonderfully effective pieces, and I should think you would need a....
"The stomacher from Hamelin, Sister, seems to admire very much.
It is lovely, no doubt. I have had it in the front of my dress and it is light and beautiful, but I don't believe I like it quite so well as the Boucheron pieces. I think sister thought to give you rather more than.... "
From Grace: That stomacher of Hamelin's would make such a nice set of pins, all of which you could wear in the daytime, but when divided it does not make very important ...
The diamond tiara, which she wore on top, she later wore most as stomacher. But It's not the sapphire stomacher which was noted as hers from Cartier!
It's the ornament which was presented to her from her both sister and used as head jewel on top, it's another scroll design as the Cartier Stomacher and it was not altered. She wore it in 1941 in the same style, see to compare. I don't think it was made for her by Cartier in 1910, if it was in her possession she wore it.
MISS WILSON ARE MARRIED. Ceremony Performed at the Home of Her Parents.
No Member of the Bride groom's Family Attends the Nuptials, None Others Present Besides the Bride's Family Except Frank Polk, Best Man. Made Man and Wife by the Rev. Mr. Pott
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., and Miss Grace Wilson are married. The ceremony took place at noon yester day in the Wilson parlors. There was no representative of the Vanderbilt family present, nor any one outside of the bride's family except one or two college friends of the groom. Even Chauncey Depew, who was half expected to give unofficial sanc tion by his presence, failed to appear.
The Wilson mansion is a brownstone of the regular Fifth avenue type. There were no preparations visible from the outside; no canopy, no carpet to keep the wedding guests' dainty footgear from the pave ment when they stepped from their car riages;
The first sign of what was to come was manifest at 9 o'clock, when a young man left the house. Only a Few Flowers, That's It. T. Wilson, Jr.," whispered a lady in a window two or three doors below to several girls on the stoop. Somehow it became known that young Mr. Wilson had gone to order the flowers. These came later. Eight boutonnieres of lilies of the valley were ordered, and some cut flowers, principally lilies of the valley. With these were gladiolus, hydrangeas and American Beauty roses.
One man brought them all in three medium-sized boxe and one parcel.
At 10:30 the butler rushed down the stoop, gave the address of a well-known photographer to a hansom-cab driber, who then drove down Fifth avenue, with in structions to bring the photographer and his camera to the house at once and take the bridal party's pictures. When the photographer arrived he was told he had come too late. Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. M. Orme Wilson, with their two little sons and maid, drove up at 11:05 o'clock in an omnibus, which backed up to the sidewalk to let them alight. Mrs. Wilson was dressed in tobacco brown cloth, with spinach green ribbon at the throat.
WEDDING GOWN OF MRS. CORNELIUS VANDERBILT,
The Wedding Ceremony. The bride wore the gown made for the first announced wedding, which had to bo postponed at the eleventh hour because of Mr. Vanderbilt's illness. It was of the heaviest and richest of white satin, of the shade of whipped cream, and was made with a long train. Ruffles of the most exquisite pointe d'Alencon lace trimmed the Continued on Fourth Pagre. Coutilined from Tliird Pajfe. skirt in front, and a quaint capo of this fell over her shoulders.
Her veil was a very old piece of point lace, and fell from a wreath of diamonds, in which sprays of orange blossoms were tucked away as "parte bonheurs."
At the throat was a heart brooch the bridegroom's gift. It contained thirty large diamonds surrounding an immense sapphire. See the necklace above, Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt wore it in later as a center of the choker.
The usual bridal bouquet was dispensed with, and its place taken a small ivory prayer book and a bunch of lilies of the valley, which Mr. Vanderbilt had or dered at Thorley's.
Dr. Pott stood under a large oil painting of Miss Wilson, at the east end of the room, where he performed the marriage ceremony. Kisses for the Bride. Five minutes and this was over. Mr. Vanderbilt kissed his bride. Her father kissed her. and her mother kissed her, and her brother and sister-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Orine Wilson, kissed her. Their two little sons followed suit, and the bride's brother, "Dickie" Wilson, and her nephew, Robert Goelet, second, did the same. There was a perfect love feast for a few moments. Young Vanderbilt looked de fiant, though happy, and his bride looked so fascinating.
Her mother wore canary silk, with black lace frills on the bodice. Mrs. Orme Wilson, who is not over demonstrative, showed that she heartily approved of the wedding. In fact, the whole company seemed to be perfectly in tune, and not a jarring note marred the harmony of the entire affair. After the kissing and congratulations were over, the bride and bridegroom dis appeared to prepare for their wedding tour. His clothes had been sent to the Wilson residence early in the morning by a messenger, and one of the rooms on the second floor was placed at his disposal; likewise a valet. When they had completed their travel ling toilets Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt re turned to the drawing room, where the family party was resumed until 12:35 o'clock, when the Wilson carriage drew up and took them off to the depot.
The bride's parents followed her to the front door. There is nothing tell-tale about their ap I iii some characteristic poses and let him take few snap shots of her. Mr. Vanderbilt was less at ease. He seemed nervous and fidgety. He fumbled in his pockets for his tickets, and when he had fished them out, said something to his wife. They .walked toward the ticket ofiler, then turned toward the ticket taker's door, and afterward went out to the car riage, where Mrs. Vanderbilt gave some orders to the coachman. Later she gave some instructions to the groom, who by that time had reappeared from the baggage room, and then she and Mr. Vanderbilt took their train. After they reached their section she dis covered the photographer was still after her. -'Oh, the horrid fellow!" she exclaimed. Then, recollecting she was too happy to be vexed, she raised her head and smiled. Then the train puffed out of the depot.
The wedding was first announced on June 10, and the date fixed was June 18. Society held up its hands in horror at the brevity of the announcement, and Vanderbilt pere said positively that it should not occur. On the date fixed the prospective bride groom was confined to his room with in flammatory rheumatism and could not be married. The wedding was postponed several times for a day, and finally put off in definitely.
. On the way the bridal party was halted by Its leader. A news-stand was the cause. A copy of every afternoon paper in sight was purchased. Mrs. Vanderbilt unfolded one of them and was reading with great interest when her husband caught her by the arm and hurried her along to the depot. Nothing was seen of the young couple about the hotel during the evening. Supper was served for them in their private dining room. During the concert in the court, they appeared on the balcony in front of their rooms for a few minutes. Consent to His Marriage with Miss Wilson. With His Birthday Present of $100,000 He Might Engage in Some Business. Preparations for the Wedding Go Bravely On, Inheritance or No Inheritance.
The wedding will be a most charming and recherche affair. In which expense has not been considered. Sherry has submitted two menus for the wedding breakfast to Mrs. Wilson for her approval, both of which are regarded as the best Issued from his establishment. Hodgson, who has the Flloral decorations, perfected the plan at Newport yesterday and it will bo submitted to the Wilsons for approval on Monday.
The drawing room, in which the cere mony will be performed, will be decorated with white lilies of the valley, roses and orchids. The walls and ceiling will be en tirely covered with white roses and lilies of the valley, and the mantel will be banked with white orchids. The hall will also be in white, but larger flowers than roses will be used here. The mantel In the reception room, which will be decorated in pink, will be lavender shaded to pink.
The Wilsons will leave their New York house Immediately after the wedding of their daughter for their New port vUla on Narragansett ay,enueu mnenlflcent villa of Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Goelet will be opened for Its owners before July 1.
Of course, she had a sapphire, but it was only known the gift from her husband which she wore on her wedding day in 1896: a large diamond heart composed of 30 extremely brilliant diamonds, in the centre a beautiful sapphire. What is happened with that jewels after her death, nothing is known yet.
Cornelius Vanderbilt III was terribly eager to do all he could to make up for what he viewed as the wickedness of an enbittered sick man. Here his mother was helpful, as even before her mourning had ended, she was making peace. Showering Grace with the most glittering bijou to be had, her husband threw himself, with gusto. into the lavish, innovative, frequent entertaining and party going required to secure for his, wife her rightful place as queen of New York society. Their efforts succeeded, they were intimates of Alice Roosevelt Longworth and dined often with Queen Mary and George V. However, after a while, how the appeal of yet another gala opera night, small dance or formal dinner started to pall, For General Vanderbilt at least. As for Grace, ruling society was her career, apart from her family, it was her entire life really.
"The elder Vanderbilts never really forgave the young couple. Neily's inheritance from his father was cut to $1,500,000 — though brother Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who fell heir to the bulk of the estate, evened things up somewhat by giving Cornelius another $6,000,000. Cornelius' mother, who made little secret of the fact that she regarded her daughter-in-law as a climber, did nothing to ease Grace into the charmed circle of the elite....." The irony of the story is, that absent so much opposition, Grace and Cornelius might never have married, nor should they have wrote their journalist son Cornelius Vanderbilt IV. Both he and his sister divorced, but as both their parents were highly conservative, they abhorred the idea of divorce. And of course after the affront of his father's terrible injustice,
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