Queen Victoria's death pall fragment to be auctioned this week

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Historic lace linked to Queen Victoria's Isle of Wight death, in a photo by Hansons' Derbyshire Showroom.
Historic lace linked to Queen Victoria's Isle of Wight death, in a photo by Hansons' Derbyshire Showroom.

A small collection of lace, some of which is believed to be part of a pall - a type of veil - used to shroud Queen Victoria's coffin after her death on the Isle of Wight in 1901, is going up for auction.

The fabric measures 16 by 27.5 inches and has a small hole in the centre and was stored in an attic until now.

Auction house, Hansons, says it has been handed down through the family of the vendor.

Understood to have been from a larger piece of delicate material, used to cover the Queen's coffin, it is accompanied by a note that reads: "Portion of the lace that covered Queen Victoria's coffin on her last journey from Osborne, Isle of Wight. February 1, 1901."

What happened when Queen Victoria died on the Isle of Wight?

Isle of Wight County Press: Osborne, in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where Victoria died.
Isle of Wight County Press: Osborne, in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where Victoria died.

Osborne, in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where Victoria died.

Victoria died at Osborne House, aged 81, on January 22, 1901, at 6.30 pm.

She was dressed in a white gown and her wedding veil.

Her funeral cortege later swept though East Cowes, before her body was taken by boat to Gosport and then onto London, by train.

As part of the collection, there are also smaller pieces of lace, in strips, and a locket.

Lot 169, which is currently in Derbyshire, will be sold on Thursday morning, by Hansons.

It is estimated to reach up to £2,000, with a starting bid of £900.

Isle of Wight County Press: Photo by Hansons
Isle of Wight County Press: Photo by Hansons

Photo by Hansons

Isle of Wight County Press: Queen Victoria on her deathbed, at Osborne in 1901.
Isle of Wight County Press: Queen Victoria on her deathbed, at Osborne in 1901.

Queen Victoria on her deathbed, at Osborne in 1901.

Isle of Wight County Press: Photo by Hansons.
Isle of Wight County Press: Photo by Hansons.

Photo by Hansons.

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