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November 29, 2013

Luxembourg Empire Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created in the early 1800s.

Materials:  diamonds
Grand Duchess Charlotte
Grand Duchess Charlotte
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg
  2. Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg; after the 1964 accession of her husband, Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg
  3. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg; after the 2000 accession of her husband, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte
Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte
Other Wearers:
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Questions:
  • Was this tiara created by Jakob Tillmann Speltz or another jeweller?
  • Princess Hilda
  • What is this tiara's provenance prior to Grand Duchess Charlotte?

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2 comments :

  1. Yikes this is a big guy (gun) - not one I like - it always looks top heavy to me - it's too over sized for most everyone.

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  2. The tiara entered the Nassau (Luxembourg) family between 1813 and 1829. In both those years the family had inventories of their jewellery and the records are available the the Hessian state archives. (Grand) Duke Adolph and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mikhailovna of Russia married in 1844. Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden, Adolph's daughter by his second marriage, was born in 1864 so neither of them was the original owner. It was either made or altered by Frankfurt jeweller Speltz in 1829. That same year Adolph's father, Duke Wilhelm of Nassau, married his second wife Princess Pauline of Württemberg so she was likely one of the first owners.

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