Sunday, June 26, 2011

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: King Edward VII’s Stickpin

Gold, enamel, brilliant-cut diamonds
The Royal Collection
Over the past year, we’ve taken a look at my collection of antique stickpins, but I’m not the only person who has collected them. Queen Mary also put together a collection of stickpins owned by British monarchs.

For example, here’s a beautiful pin which had belonged to King Edward VII—Mary’s father-in-law. This masterpiece of gold, enamel and brilliant diamonds was made for the King by Eduard Schramm in 1901. It is adorned with his crowned cipher in diamonds.

This pin was a favorite of the King’s. After his death, Mary of Teck made sure that his personal jewelry was preserved as part of the Royal Collection.

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