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Attributed to R & S Garrard & Co : Haymarket, London

Bracelet 1841

RCIN 12453

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Gold bracelet formed of alternating square and oval stones linked by smaller circular stones in pairs, joined by a gold cross; each link engraved on the reverse with a place name: Windsor, Woburn Abbey, Claremont, Panshanger In the summer of 1841 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made their first journey alone together. They visited Woburn Abbey, the Bedfordshire seat of the Duke of Bedford, between 6 and 9 July, and moved on to Panshanger, Earl Cowper's house in Hertfordshire, later in the month. Here they stayed a further three days, admiring the scenery which reminded Prince Albert of the area around his childhood home at the Rosenau, near Coburg. Garrards' royal ledger is littered with references to polishing and mounting pebbles, often at a cost of only a few shillings. This simple form of commemorative jewellery - in this case noting their journey in 1841 - was typical of the taste of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the sentimental: necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches of this type were produced for other members of the family. The mounts are usually engraved with the place of origin of the stones. The fashion for souvenir collecting was growing in momentum in the jewellery trade in the 1840s. Text from Victoria & Albert: Art & Love.