An early 20th century silver gilt and gem-set Princely crown
This crown is almost identical in design to the King's crowns of Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Sweden. Similar crowns may also be found in the coats of arms of Anhalt, Brunswick, Bulgaria, Luxemburg, Monaco, Russia, Linie, Saxony, Meiningen, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. This particular crown was most probably made for a German Princess. Its small size confirms that it was made for a woman and the reason it is mounted in silver gilt is because precious metal is too heavy to be worn. Designs for similar crowns made in the late 19th century may be found in the archives of Kochert. However, this particular example is closer in style to the early 20th century crowns made by Falize and Koch.
cf., Strohm, Heraldischer Atlas, 1899, plate XVI Neret, Gilles, Boucheron, Paris, 1988, page 17 for a photograph, dated 1893, of Queen Eleanor of Bulgaria, wearing such a coronet
With grateful thanks to Rene Brus for his help in dating this crown and for allowing us access to his personal archive of designs.