AN ornate stickpin, which was presented to the head butler to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe by Queen Victoria at Floors Castle, is due to go under the hammer today.
The regal item, in the shape of a horseshoe, encrusted with half pearls and mounted in gold, is included in the annual Scottish sale of auctioneers Bonhams, at 22 Queen Street in Edinburgh.
“The stickpin is one of many rare and valuable pieces which have already attracted huge interest at our private and public viewings,” said Miranda Grant, managing director of Bonhams, the only international auction house with a Scottish base.
The stickpin is accompanied by a copy of a letter written to Queen Victoria by the then Chief Magistrate of Kelso.
The Queen’s journey to make the presentation to the head butler, the grandfather of the un-named vendor, was her first official engagement following the death of Prince Albert.
Also in the sale and described as “an extremely significant item” is an early Victorian silver cup engraved with the initials of the vendor’s grandfather together with a Duchess’s coronet above the ciphered initials of the Duchess of Roxburghe.