Spectacular emerald jewelry, the property of Miss Sackville-West.
An Edwardian Cartier Paris Carved Indian-Persian Emerald Brooch.
This was belonging to Lady Victoria Sackville of Knole, Kent. The old Mughal emerald of unusal size, the work of probably persian jewelers, mounted as a pendant brooch in a border of diamonds and pearls, with a diamond in the centre, the upper part set with two fine facetted emeralds by Cartier Paris. The large emerald-pendant brooch, was sold in the 1980s at Bonham's London to Fred Leighton.
Some notes fromt the press in the year 1913:
Miss Sackville West's wedding dress of gold brocade, woven in the pattern of an old Persian shawl, and trimmed with old lace worn in the reign of Charles I., and by every Sackville bride since that date.
There are ink slimes and an underdress of gold ninon edged with gold beads. The Court train is of gold tissue with a leaf border and inside band of old lace. Huge gold tissue tows appear at the corners of the train.
Every bride likes her wedding frock to be marked distiuctively. Something that will please specially those who attest her wedding, and give them plenty to admire. pleases her. And quite rightly so, too. The bride is the reigning pawn of her day, and her subjects are all who gather together to honour her. She desires to give them joy and they to witness hers. The frocks the distinetion West's poseassions, namely, the trimming of family lace worn by each backville bride since the reign of Charles the First.
Time had mellowed the lace to so exquisito softnies of tone and to agree with the deep old hory shade the wedding gown is vision of gold.
Antique Persian in design is the brocade that forth, the gown, which was mid. by Messrs. Ravine ad Rossiter, whilst gold and tolls play their part in Centuries of few brides are able to give their wedding the 4 and the simulated underskirt, which had an old gold beads. Petunia loather.
The Court train is made of gold tissue, with a gold leaf border and an inner band of old lace, gold tissue bows appear at the corners of the train. The going-away dress of Lord and Lady Sacktille's only child, who is bride of Mr. U. Nicolson, is composed of blue with fine tassels frills at the throat and wrists, and dark blue panne has been chosen for the hat, with the new split ostrich plumes to adorn it. The feathers are petunik in soour.
Lady Sackville Not Present. Lady Sackville, the bride’s mother, was too indisposed to be present at the wedding. The bride and bridegroom left about four o’clock for their honeymoon, motoring first to London, whence they go to Coker Court.
Lady Sackville wore as a decoration to her gown at the Coronation of the Tsar of Russia. The gold and white brocade of which the wedding-gown itself composed was specially woven for Miss Sackville West from a Persian design in the museum at Lyons.
The design is rather clsely traced on the satin, a shadowy long fem leaf being repeated again and again in undulating fashion. Cut on the simplest lines, the skirt is slightly draped on each side of a lace panel, and fastened with handsome gold and white cabuchons.
Beneath this worn a petticoat of white satin veiled with gold and white net. The back finishes with a short pointed train. The bodice and sleeves of brocade are fashioned all in one, and the train is attached to the shoulders by heavy jewelled tassels. The historic point d'lrlande lace forms a handsome cloak from the shoulders, and the tulle veil is attached by a wreath orange buds.
Miss Sackville-West has displayed great taste in the blending of colours lor her trousseau- gowns. The most striking of these, perhaps, is a coat-of-mail gown, which shimmers with iridescent sequins, while another is composed of metal lace edged with fox fur. Her dress was dark blue charmeuse, which’ she were with velvet hat trimmed with a magenta feather.
Marriage of the Hon. Victoria Sackville-West.
The beautiful private chapel at Knole, the historic and stately seat of lord Sackville, near Sevenoaks, was the scene, Wednesday, of one of the most brilliant social functions of the year, when the Hon, Victoria Sackville-West, only child of Lord and Lady Sackville, was led to the altar by Mr. Harold Nicolson, third son of Sit Arthur Nicolson (permanent Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office) and Lady Nicolson. The interest taken in the event not only locally but throughout the county and in society generally was very great, and to many it must have been, in a sense, a source of some disappointment that it was only possible for very few relatives and intimate friends to view the actual ceremony owing to the limited accommodation of the chapel, but what place could provide a more beautiful and appropriate setting for the nuptials of the charming daughter of the Lord of Knole! As it was, the scone will never be effaced from the memory of those who were privileged to behold it. The ceremony was fixed for two o'clock in the afternoon, and was performed by Dr. Harmer, Lord Bishop of Rochester, assisted by the Rev. J, Rooker, M.A., rector of Sevenoaks, and the Rev. V. A. Boyle, vicar of Portslade.
The bridegroom, accompanied his beat man, motored up to Knole about half-past one, and the guard of honour, composed of the West Kent Yeomanry and the Sevenoaks Voluntary Aid Detachment (the bride having been commandant of the latter) were, shortly afterwards, marshalled at either side of the corridor and stairs leading from the Oreat Hall to the Chapel. At ten minutes to two the bridegroom put in appearance at the Chapel entrance, and five minutes later the beautiful strains of the anthem arose. Precisely as the clock struck the hour, Lord Sackville, with the bride leaning upon his arm, appeared at the foot of the fine old oak stairs, attended by the bridal retinue. The guard of honour promptly sprang to attention, and at the same time the Bishop and clergy issued from the vestry door at the head of the stairway. At the conclusion of the anthem, the hymn Holy, holy, holy " was sung, and to the strains of the opening bare the bridal party moved forward into the Chapel. The opening sentences were read by the Rev. V. A. Boyle, and just as the Bishop declared bride and bridegroom to be man and wife, the sunlight blazed into the little sacred building, bathing the bride in a flood of radiant brilliancy.
Happy is the bride that the sun shines on rims the old adage, and if there be any truth in the saying the Hon. Mrs. Harold Nicolson must be one of the happiest. After the psalm God be merciful unto us,” prayers were offered by the Revs. J. Rooker and V. A. Boyle, followed by the favourite wedding hymn perfect love,” and the happy couple left the altar for the vestry to sign the register to the triumphant passages of Mendelssohn's ' Wedding March.” The scheme of floral adornment in the chapel was artistic and tasteful in its perfect simplicity and charm. Elaboration was, indeed, unnecessary. Pure white lilies formed the basis of the arrangement (chiefly about the altar) which was not permitted to interfere in any degree with the architectural beauties of the the sacred edifice itself, and it may not be generally known that the figures over the altar and the trip tyteh were bestowed upon Robert Sackville, Earl of Dorset, by Mary Queen of Scots. Above the screen was suspended the family banner.
The bride, who was given away by his lordship, her father, appeared joyously radiant in her superb wedding gown of gold cloth (specially woven in Persian design at the personal direction of Lady Sackville herself) trimmed with very valuable Irish rose point lace, which formerly belonged to the Countess of Dorset. The train was composed entirely of this lace, and was lined with the lace veil worn her paternal grandmother at her wedding, by Lord Sackville at his christening, by Lady Sackville at her wedding, and by the bride at her own christening, a wreath of orange blossom encircled her head, she was enveloped in a handsome tulle veil, and she bore a sheaf of lilies from the Knole gardens. Her ornaments were a string of pearls and a valuable sapphire ring, the gift of Lady Sackville.
She was attended by four bridesmaids, Miss Rosamund Grosvenor (daughter of Mrs. Algernon Groevenor), Miss Gwendoline Nicolson (sister of the bridegroom). Miss Rosemary Stanley (niece of Lord Derby), and Miss Diana Sackville-West (niece of Lord Sackville), together with the young Lord Moore (son of Lady Drogheda) as page. The two elder ladies were robed in handsome dresses of very deep ivory satin with straw hats and blue ribbons, whilst the attire of the two younger ladies (Miss Stanley and Miss Sackville-West) together with that of the page, were replicas of the style of the famous Hoppner picture of the Sackville children in the Knole gallery, and they bore the bride’s train. It was sad, indeed, that Lady Sackville was herself unfortunately precluded by indisposition from being present. The service was fully choral, the anthem being Gounod's ” Redemption.” Mrs. Walter Rubens sweetly sustained the solo, and Mr. Walter Rubens presided at the organ. The duties of best man were discharged by Mr. Nicolson, of the 15th Hussars, eldest brother of the bridegroom. When the formality of signing the register was complete the bridal party proceeded, beneath the crossed swords of the Yeomanry, from the chapel to the Great Hall, where the happy couple received the congratulations and good wishes of their almost innumerable friends as they stood together upon the dais at one extremity of the spacious apartment, prior to leaving for Coker Court, Yeovil (kindly placed at their disposal by Mrs. Godfrey Heneage) where the honeymoon will be spent, they subsequently proceeding to Italy and Egypt, where they will be the guests of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, at Cairo. The bride’s handsome travelling costume was of dark blue, with dark blue velvet hat and vieux rose feather.
The trousseau was made entirely in England, and much of it was purchased in Sevenoaks itself. A brilliant reception, very largely attended, was held at Knole during the afternoon, the band of the Queen’s Own West Kent Yeomanry being in attendance, and rendering an entrancing programme of music in the quadrangle. A large number of the inhabitants of Sevenoaks and District assembled near the awning erected opposite the main gateway to see the many guests enter and Mr. and the Hon. Mre. Nicolson depart for the honeymoon, they leaving by motor about 4 o'clock. The family flag flew proudly in the breeze from above, and the bells of St. Nicholas Parish Church sent forth merry bridal peal.
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