Gold, Diamonds, Enamel
The Victoria & Albert Museum
As Princess Victoria, the future long-reigning Queen lived at Kensington with her domineering mother, the Duchess of Kent. Colonel Harcourt was their equerry. The box was made in Hanau for Storr & Mortimer Goldsmiths in London, by whom it was sold to Queen Victoria. The snuffbox retains its original leather case which bears the Queen’s cipher.
The reverse of the snuffbox, while not jeweled, is equally elaborate—adorned with gold and enamel flowers. Clearly the Colonel cherished the box for it shows no evident signs of wear.