Rubin und Diamant Armband | Hochzeitsgeschenk der Ladies of Hampshire und der Isle of Wight
Princess Alexandra of Denmark as Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales received many wedding gifts from various regions of the country. One such gift was from
"The ladies of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, headed by the Marchioness of Winchester, have subscribed among themselves for a handsome bracelet for presentation to her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, as a slight token of their loyalty and congratulation on her Royal Highness's marriage with the heir to the British Crown. The bracelet has been just completed by Messrs. Emmanuel, of Portsmouth, and is composed a "mail" pattern band in solid gold, with the Wykeham cross set in its centre, and composed of one large ruby and four brilliants, supported on each side by the heraldic rose of Hampshire, in rubies and brilliants. The cost of the bracelet is about 500l."
"As announced last week, (the week of 22 - 25 June 1863) the handsome bracelet of diamonds and rubies, subscribed for by the ladies of Hampshire to be presented the Marchioness of Winchester to the Princess of Wales as a souvenir of her marriage, has been on public view during the last few days at the Guildhall:
This splendid ornament has been manufactured by Messrs. Emanuel of Portsmouth, at a cost of £500, and was freely exhibited, together with a handsome collection of other jewellery made at the same establishment, to all comers.
On each day of the exhibition, which closed on Thursday, the Guildhall was hourly crowded by all classes of the inhabitants, who showed great interest in viewing the royal bracelet as well the exceedingly beautiful gems of art by which it was surrounded."
"On 26 June 1863 The Marchioness of Winchester had an interview at Marlborough House...with the Princess of Wales, and presented to her Royal Highness the work of art alluded to. Messrs. E. &. E. Emanuel Jewellers to the Royal Family, Highstreet, Portsmouth have just completed a magnificent ruby and brilliant bracelet for presentation to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales by the ladies of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
"The present from the ladies of Hampshire and the Isles of Wight to the Princess of Wales, which has been on private view during the week at the establishment of the manufacturers, Messrs. E. and E. Emanuel,...has excited a great deal of attention and curiosity.
It is in the form of a bracelet, the band of which is formed of the old "Armour" or "Mail Pattern".
In the centre, is raised a large cross (a copy of the old County "Wykeham Cross,") composed of one ruby and four large brilliants exactly alike in weight and size.
Supporting this on each side, also raised on the band of the bracelet, is the heraldic rose of Hampshire in rubies and brilliants, the remainder of the band studded with rubies and brilliants.
The design is very appropriate and it has been admirably executed by the manufacturers.
We see the Alexandra the Princess of Wales, in the picture above, wearing the ruby and diamond bracelet from the Ladies of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Sources: Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser; Berkshire Chronicle; Essex Standard; Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette; Berkshire Chronicle; Hampshire Telegraph; The Washington Post; New York Times Dec 1909;
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