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Auctioning a Queen's Wardrobe

Royal Robes and State Gowns of H. M. Queen Alexandra (C.1863-1907)

 
 
 
A reprint of a 1937 auction catalog of clothing worn by British Royalty in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The prices inserted after each entry were not printed on the original published catalogue, but penned in by the owner of the catalog during the auction.

 

Royal Robes and State Gowns

INCLUDING TOILETTES WORN AT THE CORONATION AND FROM THE TROUSSEAU OF

H. M. QUEEN ALEXANDRA

Comprising Coats, Kashmir Shawls, Bags
Gloves, and Embroidered Slippers, with
Other Examples of the Richest Fashions
of the Period for 1863 to 1907


Property of
Samuel Wilson Soden, Esq.
LONDON
SOLD BY HIS ORDER
Public Sale - May 5 at 3 p.m.

AMERICAN ART ASSOCIATION
ANDERSON GALLERIES INC

30 EAST 57TH STREET, NEW YORK
1937


PREVIEW AND TEA FOR CHARITY
 

At the American Art-Anderson Galleries on Friday afternoon, April 30th, from 4 to 7 o'clock (prior to the sale at these Galleries on Wednesday afternoon, May 5), these royal robes and gowns, some of which were worn at the time of the coronation of Their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, will be shown at a preview for the benefit of the Hospital Occupation Committee of the New York City Visiting committee. Mrs. James Roosevelt and Miss Lily Pons will be the guests of honor. This special showing is to take the form of a pageant with music. The robes will be displayed by Miss Beatrice Lillie and other well-known actresses, and by a Junior committee headed by Miss Carol Barnes. The sponsors include Sir Gerald and Lady Campbell, Mrs. James Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smurthwaite, Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop W. Aldrich, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Owen D. Young, and Mr. and Mrs. Homer Folks. Tickets including tea or sherry are $2 and may be obtained from the New York City Visiting Committee, Room 707, 105 East 22nd Street, telephone Gramercy 5-1454, or from the American Art-Anderson Galleries. The proceeds of the preview will help to rehabilitate the handicapped in our city hospitals. Patients who have suffered severe injuries daily regain control of mind and body in the pleasant workrooms maintained by the Hospital Occupation Committee of the New York City Visiting Committee. Each contribution helps some man, woman, or child to escape the chronic ward.

AFTERNOON SESSION Wednesday, May 5, 1937, at 3 o'clock
Catalogue Numbers 1 to 70 Inclusive

 

 

1
GILDED SILVER BONBON BOX AND SILVER-PLATED SOAP BOX

Bonbon box with crowned enameled monogram, given to H. M. the Queen by the King of Denmark. (Lot.) ($15)


2
EMBROIDERED BATISTE MECHLIN LACE HANDKERCHIEF

Embroidered with a floral garland centering monogram with Prince of Wales feathers and crossed English and Danish flags; Mechlin lace border. ($17.50) 3 SILVER FLASK Small flask engraved with royal monogram and dated Aug. 1, 1884; carried by the Queen when hunting. ($22.50)


4
PAIR EMBROIDERED GRAY SATIN SLIPPERS

Mules with high heels, embroidered toes, lace and blue satin rosettes. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($7.50)


5
EMBROIDERED BATISTE AND POINT DE PARIS LACE HANDKERCHIEF
With lace insets and embroidered floral garland enclosing crowned monogram; wide point de Paris lace border. Worn. ($10.00)


6
PAIR EMBROIDERED BLACK SATIN SLIPPERS AND PAIR STOCKINGS

Slippers embroidered with crowned inscription Jubilee and dated 1887; embroidered openwork silk stockings. (Lot.) ($10.00)


7
LINEN AND LACE HANDKERCHIEF
Bordered with red silk and fine Valenciennes lace; embroidered royal monogram. ($7.50)


8
PAIR EMBROIDERED MAUVE SATIN SLIPPERS AND PAIR STOCKINGS
Slippers with beaded toes and bows; matching openwork silk stockings. (Lot.) ($12.50)


9
IVORY-HANDLED LACE BRIDAL PARASOL
Lined in turquoise blue satin, with folding ivory handle; carried by H. M. Queen on her wedding day. ($42.50)


Queen Alexandra
10

INDIAN WHITE AND GOLD BROCADE GOWN
Of damasse white silk brocaded with gold rosettes and borders; separate skirt in two pieces, the front panel with wide gold border at hem, the back forming a train. Coat-like bodice fastened in front, with long sleeves, high neck, lace jabot and collar. Worn by H. M. Queen Alexandra on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, when Her Majesty rode around London with Queen Victoria; woven especially for Her Majesty for that occasion and brought over by Viscount Hardinge; also worn at Ascot on Gold Cup Day. ($80.00) [see illustration]

 
11
HAND-MADE WOOL SLEEPING SHAWL

Delicately spun threads of silky wool; small imperfections. Given to H. M. Queen Alexandra by the Empress of Russia, the Empress usually bringing one as a personal gift. ($25.00)

12
WHITE LEATHER AND 18 CARAT GOLD JEWEL BOX

Oval box ornamented with 18-carat gold coat of arms, presentation inscription to H. R. H. the Princess Alexandra from the Ladies of Leeds, March 10th, 1865, ajouré floral plaques, and royal monogram. ($35.00)


13
WALKING STICK MOUNTED IN 18 CARAT GOLD

With collar band and royal monogram in gold; tortoise shell handle. ($35.00)


14
HAND-MADE WOOL SLEEPING SHAWL

Delicately spun threads of silky wool; small imperfections. Given to H. M. Queen Alexandra by the Empress of Russia, the Empress usually bringing one as a personal gift. ($15.00)


15
EMBROIDERED BLACK VELVET CAP WITH MINIATURES OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

Black velvet embroidered in gold and silver and inset with fifteen circular miniature colored photographs of the Royal family; on blue velvet stand. (see illustration) ($35.00)

16
GOLD EMBROIDERED WHITE SATIN GOWN

White satin embroidered in gold thread, gold sequins, and rhinestones, with an Empire design of laurel leaves in garlands and wreaths. In one piece, bodice with short bolero and short puffed sleeves trimmed with white tulle. With train.
Worn by H. M. the Queen at the wedding of Grand Duchess Xenia, daughter of Czar Alexander III, at Peterhof Palace. (see illustration) ($130.00)

17
EMBROIDERED WHITE SILK COAT AND SCARLET BASHLIK

White faille silk coat, beaded and fringed; and scarlet bashlik with gold embroidery. (Lot.) ($22.50)

18
TWO PETTICOATS

White petticoat of suede, velvet, and taffeta; and mauve satin petticoat with lace flounce. (Lot.) ($17.50)


19
PAIR BLUE SILK AND LACE SLIPPERS AND PAIR STOCKINGS

Mules with mazarine blue faille silk covered in lace; pair of clocked lisle stockings, woven with royal monogram. (Lot.) ($7.50)


20
WHITE SILK AND LACE WRAP

Short mantle of white faille silk with insertions and vandyked borders of guipure lace; trimmed with silk cording at the neck. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($15.00)


21
GOLD AND SILVER-EMBROIDERED BLUE TULLE GOWN

Light blue tulle embroidered in gold and silver beads with floral dies and broad bands at the top and hem; on blue satin foundation. Tight swathed bodice with square-cut neck and short sleeves; skirt gathered to the back with short train. Worn at King Edward's Coronation, 1902. ($45.00)


22
KASHMIR SHAWL
With fine design of four palmettes centring a blue stellate medallion; multicolored striped border. A hand-made Kashmir shawl, given to H. M. Queen Alexandra by the Maharajah of Kashmir. ($55.00)


23
KASHMIR SHAWL

With plain tan centre and pendent "pear" motives. A hand-made Kashmir shawl, given to H. M. Queen Alexandra by the Maharajah of Kashmir. ($35.00)


24
KASHMIR SHAWL
Woven with vertical panels of floral patterns, overlaid with a white stellate medallion at centre. A hand-made Kashmir shawl, given to H. M. Queen Alexandra by the Maharajah of Kashmir. ($35.00)


25
BLACK SEQUIN AND TULLE STATE GOWN
Embroidered with allover design and radiating stripes in sequins; black taffeta foundation, with pleated tulle flounces at hem. Separate bell-form skirt with train; three bodices, one with short sleeves of ball fringe, two with long sleeves and high necks, trimmed with ecru lace. Worn by H. M. the Queen for the State Opening of Parliament on several occasions; worn with the Garter Robe Orders, the Victoria and Albert, the Crown of India, the St. Catherine of Russia, and the Danish Royal Family Orders. ($77.50)


26
GOLD-TRIMMED BLACK WOOL COATEE

Sleeveless jacket of black wool trimmed with voltes and bands of gold braid. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($15.00)


27
SCOTTISH TARTAN AND WHITE SATIN CRINOLINE BALL DRESS

Plaid satin panniers in the Royal Stuart tartan over a separate skirt of white satin ruffles outlined in red, with internal stiffening. Pointed bodice with pleated bertha trimmed with black lace, and short white tulle sleeves. With belt and separate collar. Worn at the Scottish Balls at Balmoral when H. M. the Queen first came to England. (see illustration) ($275.00)

28
WHITE FUR COAT

Short jacket of white fur, trimmed with tails of coarser white hair. Satin lining. Worn by H. M. the Queen when she first arrived at Gravesend, March 7, 1865. ($30.00)

29
MAUVE CHIFFON AND PURPLE SEQUIN GOWN

Black tulle embroidered all over with graduated purple sequins, mauve chiffon underdress, on a satin foundation; separate bell-shaped skirt with train, pointed bodice with square-cut neck and collar and short bell sleeves. Worn by H. M. Queen Alexandra during the Coronation year, 1902. ($35.00)


30
EMBROIDERED BLACK VELVET RIDING COAT AND HAT

Coat with flared skirt and three-quarter puffed sleeves, high lace collar, jabot, and cuffs; embroidered in gold and appliqué silks with floral borders and mock pockets. Black velvet hat trimmed with pink and black ostrich plumes. (Lot.) ($45.00)


31
EMBROIDERED YELLOW SATIN AND HELIOTROPE STATE GOWN
Pale amber yellow satin embroidered with silver sequins and design of iris in appliqué silks painted heliotrope and pale green, outlined with crystal bugles; taffeta lining with chiffon flounce at hem. Bell-shaped separate skirt with train; pointed bodice with V-neck and tulle scarf sleeves. Worn during the Coronation year, 1902. ($60.00)


32
SHELL PINK WOOL DRIVING COAT
Heavy shell pink woolen coat, trimmed with pink braid, the edges trimmed with lappets. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($12.50)


33
EMBROIDERED GOLD TULLE STATE GOWN WITH TISSUE FLOWERS

In one piece, with train and scarf sleeves; of pale yellow tulle appliqué embroidered with gold tissue flowers, tissue bands under tulle, and gold sequins and bugles; pale yellow satin and chiffon foundations. Worn at Buckingham Palace in 1907, on the occasion of the State visit of royalty, during the Kaiser's visit in November, 1907, on the King's birthday; among the guests were the Princess Royal, Duke of  Connaught, Queen of Norway, the German Emperor, Prince of Wales, Princess of Wales, Princess Patricia, Princess Victoria, Prince Johann of Saxony, Prince Olaf, Grand Duchess Vladimir, and the Queen of Portugal. (see illustration) ($45.00)

34
ROYAL BLUE SEQUIN AND TULLE GOWN

Embroidered with blue sequins and bugles on navy blue tulle with floral design; blue chiffon and black taffeta underdress.  Separate skirt with train, and low-cut bodice overlapping in the front, with long scarf sleeves. Worn during the Coronation year; a favorite gown of Her Majesty's, worn on many fashionable occasions, also for H. M. the King's birthday. ($42.50)


35
BLACK AND GOLD SILK COAT

Black and gold silk woven in stripes with a plain gold panel in back; cut with high neck and bell sleeves; trimmed with gold frogs and claw buttons, and fringe. Yellow taffeta lining. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($l2.50)


36
EMBROIDERED WHITE SATIN STATE GOWN

Of white satin, back and front panels with appliqué borders of rose tissue covered with embroidered tulle bearing floral rinceaux in gold cordonnets and bugles. In one piece, with short rose tissue sleeves and square -cut neck. Worn by H. M. the Queen in Portugal (1904) on a visit to the King and Queen of Portugal; also worn for State visits and at the Grand Opera, Lisbon. ($45.00)

37
MAUVE SEQUIN AND TULLE GOWN

Of solid sequin embroidery with ribbon and bowknot motives in deeper mauve; chiffon and taffeta underskirts, with pleated flounces at hem; bodice with square-cut neck and puffed sleeves with lace flounce. Worn by H. M. the Queen during the Coronation year. l902. ($40.00)



38
SILVER AND GOLD-EMBROIDERED BLACK TULLE STATE GOWN

Black tulle appliqué-embroidered with an allover design of curling silver floral branches, the blossoms heightened with gold; black satin foundation. Separate bell-form skirt with train, hem with tulle flounces; two printed bodices with puffed sleeves of tulle pique with sequins. Together with long detachable state train with similar embroidered border and tulle ruching. The gown and train were embroidered especially for H. M. Queen Alexandra by the wives of all the ruling princes of India, made up in Paris, and presented to her on her becoming Queen of England; worn for one of the Courts held after the Coronation, April 25, l904. The Orders worn were the Order of the Garter, the Victoria and Albert, the Crown of India, St. John of Jerusalem, and the Danish Family Order. ($50.00) (See Illustration)

 
39
MINIVER-TRIMMED PURPLE VELVET CORONATION ROBE

Purple velvet mantle banded with gold braid, and with a wide border and shoulder cape of miniver. Worn by H.R.H. the Princess Victoria at the Coronation of King Edward VII, 1902. ($360.00) (see illustration)

 
39A
GILDED SILVER MINIVER-TRIMMED CORONET

Worn by H.R.H. the Princess Victoria at the coronation of King Edward VII, 1902. ($100.00) (see illustration)

40
SILVER-EMBROIDERED WHITE SATIN STATE GOWN
Richly embroidered with silver sequins and bugles, paste, and metal thread, with bands of flowers; separate bell-form skirt with train, printed bodice with white tulle scarf sleeves and décolletage. Worn by H. M. Queen during the Court held at Dublin Castle, July, 1903. ($35.00)

41
POSE-PINK VELVET ROBE

Cut with full skirt and train, and long cape; trimmed with silver buttons and narrow galloon of silver sequins. Worn by H. M. the Queen at the wedding of the Grand Duchess Xenia, daughter of Czar Alexander III, to H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, at Peterhof Palace. ($30.00)


42
SILVER-EMBROIDERED LIGHT GRAY WOOL CAPE

Of pale gray cloth with upstanding collar, with Turkish embroidery in silver; blue sateen lining. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($100.00)


43
GOLD AND SILVER EMBROIDERED WHITE TULLE STATE GOWN
White tulle embroidered in gold and silver sequins and bugles and with festoons of delicate opalescent gold flowers; fastening in front with a narrow plain panel of white chiffon; short sleeves, square-cut neck. With train. Worn at Buckingham Palace for State visits. ($35.00)


44
BLACK CHIFFON AND BLUE AND SILVER SEQUIN GOWN
Of black chiffon overlaying light blue chiffon on a black satin foundation; embroidered in blue and silver sequins with a large shaded floral design. Separate bell-shaped skirt with train; two bodices, one with short sleeves trimmed with black lace, the other décolleté with short black tulle sleeves. Worn at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. ($35.00)


45
DANISH WHITE WOOL AND LAMB DRIVING COAT
With wide borders and deep collar of white lamb; trimmed with gold braid and frogs, lined in light yellow taffeta. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($60.00)


46
EMBROIDERED BLACK TULLE GOWN

With heavy chain-stitch and appliqué velvet embroidery in black; satin underskirt. In one piece, with train, square-cut bodice and puffed sleeves. Said to have been H. M. the Queen's favorite dinner gown, worn at Christmas and Easter at Sandringham. ($35.00)


47
INDIAN WHITE SILK EMBROIDERIES FOR FRONT AND TOP OF GOWN

Ribbed ivory silk beautifully worked with figures of peacocks amid branches of leafage, in metal threads, silks, and bullion embroidery. (Lot.) ($25.00)


48
OXFORD GRAY SUIT AND FLANNEL SHIRT OF KING EDWARD VII

Slit in the back, when cut away from King Edward at the time of his fatal illness. Together with two pairs of socks and vest. (Lot.) ($20.00)


49
PORTABLE GAMING TABLE AND RED LEATHER BOX OF PLAYING CARDS
Folding mahogany top, lined in red baize, with leather corners tooled with H. M. the Queen's monogram, and with two detachable brass candle-holders; on folding mahogany stand; canvas case. Together with a red leather box of playing cards, piquet markers, and printed rules for whist, bezique, cribbage, and ecarte; with gold royal monogram. ($65.00)


50
RED LEATHER HANDBAG

Small rectangular traveling case, mounted with H. M. the Queen's royal monogram in silver; lined with red leather. ($25.00)


51
PAIR EMBROIDERED LINEN HANDKERCHIEFS

With scalloped pleated edge, embroidered in navy blue with dots, and royal monogram. ($17.50)


52
PAIR HAND-PAINTED WHITE SATIN SLIPPERS AND PAIR STOCKINGS

Toes and bows painted with pink roses and blue forget-me-nots; open-work white silk stockings. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($15.00)


53
PAIR WHITE SATIN BOOTS

With low heels and elastic insets. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. (passed)


54
CORAL SATIN AND LACE APRON
Composed of satin lappets with ruching and ecru lace borders. Part of 
H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($17.50)


55
PAIR SILK TAPESTRY SLIPPERS
With floral design in colors in a gold ground; quilted taffeta lining. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($12.50)


56
LINEN AND LILLE LACE HANDKERCHIEF

Hemstitched linen, with Lille lace border; embroidered with royal monogram. (passed)


57
BLUE AND WHITE SILK ORGANDIE HANDKERCHIEF

Transparent, with striped blue borders; embroidered with royal monogram. ($5.00)


58
PAIR BRONZE KID SLIPPERS

With beaded toes and lace rosettes. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. (passed)


59
RUSSIAN LACE SLEEVELESS JACKET

Ecru lace outlined in red, trimmed with wine red faille bows. ($12.50)


60
SILK ORGANDIE HANDKERCHIEF
With narrow hemstitched and embroidered border, and royal monogram. ($10.00)


61
PAIR EMBROIDERED YELLOW SATIN SLIPPERS AND PAIR STOCKINGS
Slippers with beaded toes and bows; matching openwork silk stockings. ($7.50)


62
PAIR EMBROIDERED WHITE SATIN SLIPPERS

Embroidered with branches of roses, in pink and green silks; pink lined. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($7.50)


63
PAIR PINK KID SLIPPERS
Trimmed with satin ruching and bows. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($7.50)


64
#3. PAIR WHITE SATIN SLIPPERS

With low heels, and ribbon and lace rosettes. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. ($5.00)


65
PAIR SEQUIN-EMBROIDERED BLACK SATIN SLIPPERS
Toes embroidered with blue sequins. (passed)

66
PAIR WHITE SATIN SLIPPERS AND PAIR KID GLOVES
Slippers with low heels, and ribbon and lace rosettes; white kid gloves. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. (passed)


67
PAIR WOOLEN GLOVES AND PAIR WOOL LACE MITTENS
Wrist length gloves, of white wool; mittens with thumb-finger. Part of H. M. Queen Alexandra's trousseau. (passed)


68
TWO WHITE FUR DOG MATS
Stamped underneath H. M. the Queen. Diameter, 22 and 19 inches. ($27.50)


69
PHOTOGRAPH OF H. M. QUEEN ALEXANDRA
Photograph of the portrait of H. M. the Queen by Edward Hughes, painted in 1896. The only copy in existence. Carved and gilded frame.


70
COLLECTION OF FOURTEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF H. M. QUEEN ALEXANDRA AND THE ROYAL FAMILY

Some portrayed with H. M. King Edward VII and with members of the Royal family; four framed. Two with the royal autographs. (Lot.)


SALE NUMBER 4327
EXHIBITION DAILY FROM MAY 1
WEEKDAYS 9 TO 6 & SUNDAY 2 TO 5


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