Lawrences Auctioneers: royal knickers for sale…

A rare pair of Queen Victoria’s hand sewn knee length knickers (or bloomers), with a single button and drawstring 40-41 inch waist and embroidered with a Royal Crest are to be sold at Lawrences of Crewkerne on the 19 April.

The knickers were inherited through the Oakden family line to the present owners. Their relation was a chambermaid who worked for Queen Victoria and presumably were given to her. Also included is Queen Victoria’s chemise or nightdress, embroidered with a Royal Crest, and a pair of associated leather slippers, with satin bows and cut steel buttons, with a makers label for ‘Gundry & Sons, Makers to the Queen, The Princess & The Royal Family, 17 New Bond St, London’. The bloomers were featured on an episode of the Antiques Roadshow and the lot carries an estimate of £5000-7000.

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