A piece of floral embroidery originally created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation dress from 1953 will be put up for auction soon.
The fabric sample from Her Majesty’s iconic gown, a collaboration with royal designer Norman Hartnell, may sell for thousands of dollars, reported SWNS, a British news service.
The 70-year-old embroidery sample is one of many that was created during the design process for the Queen’s gown.
Also up for sale at the auction will be hand-drawn “detailed watercolor clothing designs” dating back to 1952, and earlier, for then-Princess Elizabeth and the Queen Mother.
A Hanson’s textile consultant, Notty Hornblower, called the floral embroidery swatch “a stunning find,” SWNS reported.
This detailed embroidery fabric sample connected to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation gown is going up for auction on May 16. (SWNS)
The fabric swatch depicts a “detailed floral beaded pattern” similar to the one worn by Queen Elizabeth on the day of her coronation.
The intricate designs showcased on the embroidered fabric swatch are “emblems of the four home nations and the Commonwealth, in silver and gold thread, diamante, silver bullion and mother-of-pearl,” noted SWNS.
The fabric swatch depicts a “detailed floral beaded pattern” similar to the one worn by Queen Elizabeth on the day of her June 1953 coronation. (SWNS/Getty Images)
The experts at Hanson’s Auctioneers expect the historical fabric sample to sell for as much as $2,500 when it hits the auction block on May 16, SWNS also reported.
“This embroidery is exquisite and a stunning auction find,” Notty Hornblower, owner of Derbyshhire’s Hope House Costume Museum, told SWNS.
Norman Hartnell, designer for the royal family, took detailed notes (pictured here) of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation gown from 1953. (SWNS)
“It was made during months of painstaking work to make a dress [that] became an historic masterpiece,” she added.
“It demonstrates the remarkable care and attention to detail that went into creating a gown worthy of the Queen for the first televised coronation, a milestone for the monarchy.”
Isabel Murtough, manager of the Majesty and Monarchs auction, is pictured holding the cutting from Her Majesty’s coronation gown. (SWNS)
King Charles’ coronation is set to take place on May 6, only a few days before Queen Elizabeth II’s floral cutting from her coronation gown goes up for auction.
The other watercolor drawings from around 1952 may sell for upwards of $300 when they hit auction in May, wrote SWNS.
Royal designer Norman Hartnell sketched the above watercolor designs for then-Princess Elizabeth and the Queen (Queen Mother), also going up for auction in May. (SWNS)
Queen Elizabeth II was 25 years old when she was crowned Queen on June 2, 1953, at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning female monarch in history, ruling for 70 years and 214 days.