A fine and rare two piece gown of black silk worn by Queen Victoria is thought to be able to fetch upwards of £2,000 in Hansons two-day Summer Fine Art Auction taking place on 28th-29th June.
The gown, comprising a bodice and skirt with train belonged to Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria and was passed to the present owner's family by a Lady-in- waiting at the start of the century.
Dating to circa 1890, the dress offered by the Derbyshire auctioneer is typical of the mourning fashion Queen Victoria adopted after Prince Albert' death. When Albert died, Victoria was faced with a trauma from which she never truly recovered.
She admitted that she had lost her “guardian angel, the best of husbands and the most noble of men.”