In the below clip one will see Queen Victoria featured in the Winterhalter painting, what I hadn't noticed before is a massive stomacher which seems to have been part of the extremely large Cockade brooch/ element.The stones in the remainder of this jewel peice appears to be also very large diamonds.
My questions are as follows:
What is the provenance of the Cockade jewel?
Is the stomacher seen on Queen Victoria from her grandfather, King George 3rd or did it come into existence with her reign?
Is it possible that the cockade is part of a larger peice and if so where is its remainder today? In order to get a close up of the stomacher you have to be able to expand the picture to see what I mean but it becomes fady on expanding. https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victoria_in_her_Coronation.jpg
I believe I am able to answer a few of your questions.
- First I am not 100% sure when the cockade was created but it was in possession of queen victoria who indeed wore it to state occasions. It was later passed on to queen Alexandra as an heirloom to the crown and it was altered to a cloak clasp, stomacher or large brooch. It has since been worn at every coronation except for Queen Elizabeth II's. She wore it in 2008 as a brooch.
- It is indeed part of a larger piece of jewellery, but it can be converted into a brooch and that's the way the queen has worn it. It's most likely that the rest of the piece is still in the form that queen Alexandra altered it to.
The brooch after queen alexandra altered it