A late 18th/early 19th century diamond feather brooch Realistically modelled as a curved feather, set throughout with cushion-cut diamonds within closed back settings, mounted in silver and gold, later pin fitting, diamonds approx. 4.80ct. total, length 5.8cm.
Jewellers Bentley Skinner, own this 45-carat diamond piece dating from the 1820s. Now known as the Myrtle Tiara after its leaf motif, it was a gift from the Sassoon family to HRH Princess Louise, the Princess Royal, eldest daughter of King Edward VII, on her marriage to the 6th Earl Fife in 1889. Used as wedding tiara on Downton Abbey. Converts to 2 brooches - see off-the-frame board