Das Vermächtnis der Königin Elisabeth wurde nach dem Tode der Kaiserin Friedrich von Ihrer Majestät der Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria in Benutzung genommen, ein Teil aber von dieser nach der Vermählung des Kronprinzen der Frau Kronprinzessin Cecilie, zur Verwendung überwiesen.
Oben im Bild, Auguste Viktoria mit dem Halsband aus Rubinen und Diamanten, an der Hüfte eine der Broschen bzw die Ohrstecker Anhänger.
Ruby jewelry of Queen Elisabeth Ludovika of Prussia
Elisabeth Ludovika, daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria, received the ruby jewelry parure from her father for her wedding in 1823 to the Prussian Crown Prince, later King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. The Rubin Parure are probably made from the Munich court jeweler Caspar Rieländer, who was commissioned with such orders by the King of Bavaria.
The ruby necklace made of ten cushion-shaped, faceted rubies in golden claw settings, framed by old European cut diamonds, which alternate with smaller links - small rubies in cross-shaped, openwork diamond frames - is made of gold, silver with diamonds.
Several individual elements are connected by snap locks so that the length of the necklace can be varied. The brooch consists of a pillow-shaped ruby in a double frame of old European cut diamonds.
It also includes a pair of earrings and a ruby clasp set with rubies and diamonds as well as a three-row choker with seven rubies set as a cluster.
Legacy of Queen Elisabeth of Prussia:
“The diadem in diamonds, gift from the most blessed king, in former times in shape
of a bouquet no. 1(should be fig. P. 35).
A small bouquet belonging to No. 53.
The great strings of pearls, gifts from my dear King No. 36.
(Fig. Panel 19)
All the complete jewelry in sapphire No. 6, 18, 50, 52, 137, 330, 156, 168. (Fig. Plate 16)
The jewelry in rubies No. 20, 74, 75, 76, 140. (Fig. Pp. 39 and 43) see picture above
The large aquamarine set in diamonds, which Napoleon I is said to have worn at his coronation No. 67. (Fig. Page 50)
An emerald with the bas-relief of a Tipo Saib head is believed to be paired with a pair of earrings no. 70.
A large pearl drop No. 40
A yellow diamond from Ansbach, bequeathed to the king No. 279,
when it comes to house jewelry, always and undivided.
The complete jewelry in Opal No. 7. 19. 55. 138. 169. 321 I bequeath to my nephew Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia for his wife Princess Marianne nee Princess von Anhalt Dessau. I wish that the jewelry stays in its line, should it die out, it falls back to the house jewelry. "
The following should be added to this legacy to the household treasure on the basis of orders given orally by Queen Elizabeth:
“ A clasp in rubies and diamonds no. 165 (belonging to the swan order decoration).
A pearl Pendeloque No. 242.
The decoration of the swan order in rubies and diamonds No.214. "
(Fig. Panel 17)
On the joint report of the House Minister Baron von Schleinitz and the executor of the State Minister and First President of the Upper Tribunal von Uhden dated February 4, 1874, which discussed these and other questions, the Emperor made the following decision in an order dated February 12, 1874 with regard to the decorations of the swan order : "As for the decoration of the order of the swans mentioned in the report, it is from King Friedrich Wilhelm IV's Majesty on the basis of the patent published in the collection of laws on the revival of the order of the swans of December 24, 1843 by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth which the grand mastery of the order has also bestowed; it must not simply be worn as an ornament. If not others, conditions that have hitherto remained unknown to me prevail,I can therefore not acknowledge that the Crown Princess is entitled according to the codicillary regulation issued for house decorations. By reserving the decision about a different award of the medal insignia, I instruct you to deliver it to the crown vault for preservation. "
The revival of the old Brandenburg swan order, founded by Elector Friedrich II., By King Friedrich-Wilhelm IV., Mentioned here by Kaiser Wilhelm I, had no further consequences for various reasons. Only the chain of the order, richly adorned in rubies and diamonds and awarded by the king to his wife in 1843, as well as a simple gold example in the Hohenzollern Museum, where the only preserved old original chain is located, remind of the king's plans.
The other awarding of the chain of orders promised by Kaiser Wilhelm in the letter reproduced above was brought into being a few years later through the following personal letter from the Kaiser to his Minister of the Royal House:
“ You want to instruct the Crown Treasure to hand me the decorations of the Swan Order in diamonds tomorrow morning, because I want to give them to the Empress on the 22nd. As far as I know, the king gave my brother a kind of certificate to his wife when he was awarded the order, about which Stillfried will certainly provide information, and the question arises whether something similar should happen from me now, which could happen later.
(signed) Wilhelm. "
The issuing of a certificate was refrained from, as the first award of the necklace to Queen Elisabeth had taken place without such and without publication.
After the death of Empress Friedrich, the legacy of Queen Elisabeth was taken into use by Her Majesty the Empress Auguste Viktoria, but part of it was transferred to the Crown Princess for use after the Crown Prince's marriage.
Source:;Hohenzollern Jahrbuch 1913;Einzug der Prinzessin Elisabeth von Baiern durch Prokuration vermählten Kronprinzessin;Archive Ursula Butschal;
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