A gold, diamond and pearl bracelet commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for their daughter's wedding sold at Martel Maides Auctions in Guernsey on May 14 for £11,500 ($17,454).
The bracelet is engraved: "To dear Alice from her loving parents Albert and Victoria R who though visibly parted are ever united, April 25 1863".
The inscription "visibly parted" was initially intended as a reference to Alice's departure overseas, yet gained additional poignancy after her father's passing.
The wedding of Princess Alice and Prince Louis of Hesse on July 1, 1862 was a remarkably sombre affair. Prince Albert having died a mere six months previously, the guests arrived in mourning attire.
The bracelet sold to an anonymous bidder and will remain in a private collection.
In August 2012, a comparable granite bracelet gifted by Queen Victoria in celebration of her daughter Louise's wedding sold at Bonhams for £3,500 ($5,314).
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we currently have this exceptional Queen Victoria autograph in stock.
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