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A & Sidersky & Son [Johannesburg]

The Queen's Flame-Lily Brooch 1947

Diamonds, platinum, white gold | 8.2 x 3.8 cm (whole object) | RCIN 250033

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A platinum brooch set with diamonds in the form of a flame-lily (Gloriosa superba), the national flower of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), the petals and leaves pave-set, the stamens and stem set with baguettes. Two specimens of real flame-lilies were sent from Salisbury (now Harare) to Johannesburg to assist the craftsmen in realistically depicting the delicate flower.
The brooch was worn by Her Majesty The Queen as she alighted from the aircraft on which she returned from Kenya after the death of King George VI.