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Taking a £3400 bite out of Victorian sentimentalism

Woolley & Wallis

Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901), shed her first baby tooth at the age of seven while the royal family was a guest of the Duke of Abercorn at Ardverikie, by Loch Laggan. Her father Prince Albert tugged the tooth free himself and had it set in gold and enamel as a brooch. The milk tooth formed the blossom of thistle.

No one did sentimentality quite like the Victorians and this brooch – included in the Victoria & Albert: Art & Loveexhibition at Buckingham Palace in 2009 – triggered one of the more unusual jewellery fashions of the second half of the 19th century.

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