Lot 16 : A good pair of Smith & Co Liberty printed silk dresses worn by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, 1935.
A good pair of Smith & Co Liberty printed silk dresses worn by Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, 1935. one labelled 'Smith & Co, 193 Sloane St SW', one with blue ground printed with cherry blossom and fruits, the other with floral print in peach, yellow and green on an ivory ground, both with hand edged organdie frills to neck, puff sleeves and buttoned front insertions, both with matching silk knickers, chests 66 and 71cm, 26 and 28in; together with a copy of a letter from Sandringham House acknowledging the vendor's possession of the clothes on behalf of H.M. The Queen; a volume of 'The Young Queen' by Godfrey Winn, 1952; and 'The Final Curtsey' by Margaret Rhodes, 1988 (7) Provenance: Originally in the possession of Clara (Allah) Knight the Royal nanny from 1926. Previously loaned to the Bexhill Museum from 1990-2007. These two dresses are some of the most photographed, worn by the Princesses on numerous occasions including watching a pantomine performance accompanied by the Duke & Duchess of York, Lyceum theatre, 6th February 1935 (see 'The Young Queen' by Godfrey Winn p.18 for an image) and Princess Elizabeth and her mother walking a corgi, playing with their cousin Margaret Rhodes nee Elphinstone (see 'The Final Curtsey' pp39, 42, 78 for images of the Princesses in these two dresses)..
Estimate:£10000 - £15000
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