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Dress-Set with Royal Connection circa 1900 with initials RS

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Dress-Set with Royal Connection circa 1900 with initials RS

  • A finely made pair of 18 carat yellow gold and blue enamel cufflinks and three matching studs fitted in their original case. The subject of the set is the Royal Navy emblem of anchor, chain and crown together with the initial R.S. which flank the insignia. Attached to the lid of the fitted case is a hand written note with the wording “From The Prince of Wales”.
  • This set undoubtedly would have been made in the turn of the last century circa 1900-1905. Hallmarked 18ct denoting 18 carat gold of English origin.
  • Cufflinks face measures 18mm x 15mm with figure of 8 connections.

From my research and conversation with military personnel,I have reason to believe that the initials R.S is for Robert (Falcon) Scott the explorer, or better known as Scott of the Antarctic. He had a long and illustrious career in the Royal Navy from 1881, making the rank of Captain in 1904 and promotion to Commander of the royal Victorian Order by King Edward VII the Prince of Wales.

It is also well documented that King Edward VII, the Prince of Wales took a great interest in Scott and his expeditions to the Antarctic. This very dress set may well have been given to Scott by the King, possibly upon his marriage to Kathleen Bruce in 1908 which was held at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. Proving yet another Royal connection in the identification of this Royal Navy dress-set.

Stock no. 2086

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