Wednesday, July 04, 2012
A pair of Queen Victoria's knickers are to be auctioned off
after they were found during a house clearance in Derbyshire.
The garments were found in a cardboard box along with a pair of
shoes and a black bodice and skirt, similar to the mourning robes
favoured by the widowed Queen following the death of her husband,
and a black straw hat and mourning veil.
"We are excited by such an important historical find. It is
wonderful to be up close to a full costume attire which speaks
volumes about our 19th century Queen." said textile
consultant, Notty Hornblower, who examined the find.
The items, bearing the country's longest serving monarch's
intials, were expected to fetch at least £1,000 when they went
under the hammer at Etwall-based Hanson's Auctioneers on 30
The dress had been in the possession of the South Derbyshire
homeowner since the 1970s, but the garments themselves date back to
the 1880s - a decade before Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Such dresses were often passed on to the owners of country
estates or ladies-in-waiting who had worked for the Royal
The hat was made by Robert Heath, of Hyde Park Corner, the royal
"It's a real royal catwalk find. I hope it finds its way to
a museum or important collection for the general public to marvel
at and enjoy." commented Auctioneer, Charles Hanson.
A pair of Her Majesty's knickers previously sold at an Edinburgh
auction in 2011 for £9,375 to an anonymous buyer.