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Nuptial Crown

Made by: Unknown

On view in: Mansion Exhibit - Russian Sacred Arts Gallery

About this object

Empress Alexandra wore this crown at her wedding to Nicholas II in 1894. It came to be considered part of the imperial wedding regalia, along with a diamond studded kokoshnik that was worn in front of it, long diamond earrings, a jeweled clasp for the robe, and heavy bracelets, some of which date to the time of Catherine the Great. Bands of diamonds are sewn onto the velvet-covered supports of this orb-shaped wedding crown, and a cross of six larger, old mine-cut diamonds surmounts it. Three rows of small diamonds with two rows of larger diamonds in between form the bands.

Crown of simple orb like shape, is formed of six silver bands surmounted by a cross and is encrusted with approxiamtely 1,535 old mine diamonds. The diamonds are attached to strips of fabric in rows as they would have been used as epaulet ornament in the 18th c. Diamonds from a doublet belonging to Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich. The crown is crudely made and has flaps at the bottom so it can be pinned on the hair.

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Silver -- diamonds -- velvet
Made in:
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
Date made:
H. 5 3/4 in., Dia. 4 in.
overall __14.60 CM __ __ __10.16 CM

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Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Displayed in exhibition:
Museum of History and Technology (now National Museum of American History), SI, Washington, D.C., 1966; National Museum of Natural History, SI, 1972-78
A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Organized by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 1998-2000
Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones, Moscow, 1922
Featured in publication:
Fisher, Frederick, Karen Kettering, Anne Odom, Liana Paredes Arend, and Gwen Stauffer. Hillwood Museum and Gardens: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Art Collector’s Personal Museum. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2000.
Odom, Anne and Liana Paredes Arend. A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum. Edited by Nancy Eickel. Alexandria, VA: Art Services International, 1998.
Odom, Anne and Wendy R. Salmond, ed. Treasures into Tractors: The Selling of Russia’s Cultural Heritage, 1918-1938. Washington, D.C.: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 2009. Distributed by University of Washington Press.