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Royal Yacht Squadron - A Presentation Reverse Crystal Intaglio, 1880
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Royal Yacht Squadron - A Presentation Reverse Crystal Intaglio, 1880

Measurements: Diameter: 30mm



18 carat gold, crystal, polychrome and enamels. Of convex circular form, mounted within a twin rope twist border, the reverse crystal intaglio deeply carved and painted with a fluttering Squadron burgee. Contained in a fitted velvet lined case. Maker’s mark of  Hallmarked 1880.

During Cowes Week 1880 the Prince of Wales (late Edward VII) enjoyed signal success winning the Queen’s Cup in the fifth of his eight successive racing yachts, the 104-ton Formosa. Royal participation in racing from the 1870s onwards greatly increased the popularity of yachting, and with it the fashionable revelries that began to dominate Solent summer season, much to the chagrin of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s ‘band of real sailors’, aka the ‘sailing lords’. For better or worse, the present pendant may well have been just the sort of thing to raise the blood pressure of the latter.