Archive of James Forbes, Queen Victoria's Commissioner at Balmoral Castle between 1896 and 1901, comprising:
i. A series of over twenty autograph letters by Queen Victoria, to Forbes, May 1897 to July 1900 (for further details, see below) and related correspondence; a watercolour calendar illustrated with portraits of the Forbes's three children, inscribed by Victoria to Mrs Forbes on occasion of the birth of the youngest, to whom she stood Godmother; a telegram from Victoria on his birth and the child's birth-certificate signed by Victoria; a watercolour Christmas card of a thistle from Victoria, initialled by her overleaf; a handsome morocco-bound visitor's book for the Forbes's house, Craig Gowan, 1900 (signed by Victoria on 19 June 1900, by the Prince of Wales on 29 September 1900 and again as Edward VII on 14 October 1901, Queen Alexander, by the infant Edward [later Edward VIII] and Bertie [later George VI], by members of the household, the Mahdi's erstwhile prisoner Rudolf Slatin, and others); a collection of decorative royal menus; ephemera relating to the procession and funeral of the Queen at Windsor, at which Forbes was present (staying in the Round Tower); a fine signed photograph of George V; a programme of the cinematograph entertainment given at Balmoral for Edward VII and Alexandra, 14 October 1901; the collection contained in a handsome red morocco official dispatch case stamped with the royal monograph in gold, fitted inside with stamp box and ink wells, and with gilt brass lock and carrying handle, 430 x 310 x 150 mm.
ii. Grant of the Dignity of a Member of the fifth class of the Royal Victorian Order to James Forbes Esquire, double sided manuscript certificate, ink on paper, signed 'Edward R', framed and glazed, 305 x 195mm., February 1901
iii. Joseph Edgar Boehm (British, 1834-1890) 'John Brown 1896', a bronze, head and shoulders, bust on a wooden plinth, signed 'sculp J.B.', 180mm. high (including plinth)
iv. A silver christening mug, by Holland, Aldwinckle & Slater, London 1895, on domed stepped foot, the upper rim with embossed band of stylised scrolling foliate and shell pattern, the upper scroll of the acanthus capped scrolling handle formed as a mythical beast head, the side of the plain body engraved with inscription, with gilt interior, height to top of handle 120mm., weight 10oz., the presentation inscription reads: From Victoria R.J., June 1898
v. A heart shaped silver and tortoiseshell box, by J Batson & Son, London 1897, the tortoiseshell body framed with silver, the interior lip with presentation inscription, the lid with coin inset, (with damages), height 42mm., The inscription reads: To Mrs Forbes From Duke of York, April, 1899, The coin: With the bust of Queen Victoria facing left, the reverse with crowned lion rampart and Royal coat of arms, with legend 'Jubilee Of The Reign 1837-1897'
vi. A small collection of medals, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, M.B.E., 1st type, Civil Division on a bow for a Lady, in Garrard case of issue; with a Diamond Jubilee Medal for 1897 and miniature, British Red Cross Medal, and minor prize medal
vii. Two framed military photographs of Captain D. Forbes and 2nd Battalion the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, 200 x 290mm., and smaller, framed and glazed, May 1923