DIAMOND TIARA, 1890s
Formerly in the collection of Katier Frances Thesiger who is believed to have been the Aunt of the great explorer, Wilfred Thesiger.
Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, CBE, DSO 1910-2003
British explorer and travel writer, born in Addis Ababa. Educated at Eton College and Magdalen College Oxford, he later returned to Africa in 1930 to attend the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie and again later in 1933 in an expedition funded by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the course of the Awash River.
He served in several desert campaigns with the Sudan Defence Force and the Special Air Service with the rank of major, while during World War II he fought with the Gideon Force in Ethiopia during the East Africa Campaign. From 1945 to 1949 he explored the southern regions of the Arabian Peninsula and travelled to Iraq, Persia, Kurdistan, French West Africa, Pakistan and Kenya returning to England in the 1990s where he was knighted in 1995.
He is best known for his two travel books, 'Arabian Sands' 1959 and 'The Marsh Arabs' 1964, his personal collection of over 25,000 negatives taken during his travels where donated to the Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford.