Onyx and seed pearl button, 1879
Onyx and seed pearl button
with the initial 'A' set with seed pearls, upon an onyx cabochon, with portrait miniature of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom verso, the reverse inscribed From Mama VRI 7th April 1879
Diameter approximately 22mm, hinge opens and closes securely. Chip to onyx visible on reverse (near hinge). Gross weight approximately 12 grams. Seed pearls with some unevenness to nacre. Overall condition good.
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Commissioned by Queen Victoria (1819–1901);
Possibly given by Queen Victoria to her youngest son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany (1853-1884) on his 26th birthday in remembrance of his late sister Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse;
His nephew, Ernest Louis Grand Duke of Hesse (1892-1918);
His son Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine (1908-1968);
His wife Margaret, Princess of Hesse and by Rhine (1913-1997), known in the family as 'Peg of Hesse';
Thence by descent.