30 July 2015

Antiques Roadshow: Balmoral Castle

Today's Antiques Roadshow will be a special one - it will be filmed at Balmoral, the Royal Family's most private residence. For over 150 years this castle has been home to royal traditions of picnics, stag hunting and kilts.

Balmoral, c.1890–1900

A large estate house in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it became a royal residency in the Autumn of 1852, when Prince Albert formally took possession, the price being £32,000. In her journals Queen Victoria described Balmoral as "my dear paradise in the Highlands".

Along with Sandringham House in Norfolk, ownership of Balmoral was inherited by Edward VIII on his accession in 1936.

Edward VII relaxing at Balmoral Castle, c1907-1908
The lodge has been in the news periodically since 2005, because Queen Elizabeth often spends the first few days of her summer holiday in the lodge. Will she make a guest appearance on the Antiques Roadshow?

At Grays, we came across a few antiques that wouldn't look out of place in the Scottish home of the Royal Family....

'A Water Party', Oil on canvas, John James Chalon (1778-1854). Signed and dated lower right 1836. Offered by Horton London

Solid sterling silver ornate candlesticks, offered by AMS Antiques

Red and gold bohemian centrepiece with a portrait of a lady. c1870-1880, offered by Mousa Antiques
Victorian Scottish Banded Agate Bracelet, offered by Nayabelle

Edwardian urn vases, offered by Past and Present

19th Century Scottish solid silver 3 piece decorative tea set, Glasgow c.1894, offered by Pushkin Antiques Ltd

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