Young's Auctions

Lot 349

Of Royal interest: A gold memorial stickpin for John Brown, Oueen Victoria's gillie, the circular disc with Brown’s portrait in profile, flanked by his initials “J.B.”, with his date of death “1883” below, the reverse “From VR1” in cypher, on a pin mount, D 1.7cm, H 7.2cm, 6.2grs, in a R & S Garrard case (3) Provenance: Presented by Queen Victoria to John Michie, her wood forester at Balmoral in September 1883, in memory of Brown, and given by John Michie MVO to his grandson, also John Michie, on 2 January 1920, and thence by decent. A Balmoral Castle card with these details and signed “John Michie”, Late Commissioner at Balmoral is included in this lot

Following John Brown's death in 1883.. a Brown memorial brooch with the late gillie's head to one side and the Royal monogram on the other was designed by Her Majesty for presentation to her Highland servants and cottagers to be worn by them on the anniversary of his death, with a mourning scarf.

Lytton Strachey, Queen Victoria, biography, Chatto & Windus 1921
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