This cased Austro-Hungarian gold and enamel brooch/pendant with a diamond-set monogram and coronet was the gift of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to Mary Marshall, the head housekeeper at Welbeck Abbey, country residence of the Dukes of Portland, from the 1890s until her retirement in 1923.
It comes to sale at
Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet on December 3 together with a
series of letters to Mary Marshall from the Duke and Duchess of
Portland documenting her time at one of Nottinghamshire's grandest
The Archduke and his wife Sophie were
regular visitors to Welbeck and the brooch (marked for Vienna
1874-1922 and in a fitted case by A E Köchert, Wien) was probably
given following the house party they attended on November 22, 1913
alongside the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Lord and Lady
Salisbury and Arthur Balfour, the Conservative Prime Minister.
Only six months later, on June 28, 1914,
both Ferdinand and Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo, the shots
notoriously credited with triggering the First World War.
The estimate is £800-1200.