Fabergé, circa 1900
Possibly acquired by Queen Alexandra while
Princess of Wales
The Royal Collection
The brooch’s reverse is engraved with the mark of Fabergé, and stylistically, it dates to circa 1900. However, no one is quite sure how it came into the Royal Collection. I’m always quick to point toward the greatest collector of them all, Mary of Teck. But, historians feel that this was the one brooch Mary didn’t get hold of first. Circumstantial evidence points to Queen Alexandra who probably bought this brooch as a little present for herself while she was the Princess of Wales. Obviously, she failed to mention it to anyone.