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Re: Division of the Battenberg Jewels
It is an interesting topic of an til now unkown field, jewellerywise. Very few is known about Julia Hauke, who become the ancestor of so many. Thank you for that!
It seems to me there was just one tiara of the Countess of Hartenau. The second one looks to me as the first one without the shell elements.
Thank You Beth! While I haven't been able to find anything about the provenance nor fate of Princess Julia's jewels, I decided to talk about the jewels they gave to their daughters-in-law and what became of them. In addition to the jewels in the portrait above, the Princess was also pictured in this grand diamond floral necklace for a painting:
The eldest son, Prince Louis of Battenberg (later the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven), was married to Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine , a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Prince Alexander gave Princess Victoria a Tiara as a wedding gift , and it seems to be the same one she wore on her wedding day and at the Coronation of King George V in 1911 . The Tiara, along with her Pearl Star Tiara and probably any other jewels she inherited from the Battenbergs, were left in Russia for safekeeping at the start of WWI and were lost during the Russian Revolution.
The second son, Prince Alexander of Battenberg, was the Prince of Bulgaria from 1879 to 1886, and married the actress Johanna Loisinger, who became the Countess von Hartenau. She was pictured wearing two tiaras:
The third son, Prince Henry of Battenberg, was married to Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, who received a Sapphire and Diamond Tiara and Parure from her parents-in-law as a wedding present in 1886. Many of her jewels were lost during a fire at Balmoral, and I suspect this Parure might have been among them. However, Princess Beatrice was able to retain a cluster of diamond roses from Princess Julia which she passed on to her daughter-in-law in 1917. I also suspect that a Sapphire Brooch now in the possession of Infanta Margarita of Spain could have come from Princess Beatrice's Battenberg wedding gifts, but upon discussion with RDavid, there is no documentation to tie the two together. Princess Beatrice was not picturing in any distinctive Battenberg jewels at the Coronations of 1902 and 1911, but was pictured bejewelled at the christenings of her Spanish grandchildren, though the mass of lace doesn't make it easy of identify anything.
The fourth and youngest son was Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, who married P rincess Anna of Montenegro after the deaths of both parents, but since she was pictured wearing the Battenberg necklace, he must have inherited a decent share of the jewels. Princess Anna probably also received wedding gifts (including the Diamond Aigrette) from Queen Victoria and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (who provided a dowry of one million rubles), as well as her brother-in-law, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. The couple were in financial difficulties following the first world war, and Princess Anna probably sold the jewels between then and her death in 1971.