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Commemorative hair-comb, tortoiseshell carved and engraved with the Royal emblems of rose, thistle and shamrock and curling 'Prince of Wales' feathers, mounted with a gold Prince of Wales crown and fleur de lys. Possibly made in England, early 19th century. Queen Mary bought this comb in 1927, in the belief that it must have been made for Queen Caroline, wife of George IV (married 1795) or Princess Charlotte, their daughter (born 1796). After the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817 and the accession of George IV in 1820 there was not a Princess of Wales until Alexandra, who married the future King Edward VII in 1862.
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