16 Apr 2021
October 18, 2017 - Filed under: History of Antiques — David

A man who bought a mahogany antique wardrobe at an antiques fair was stunned to find that it came from Buckingham Palace and was once used by royalty.

On the back of the wardrobe are carvings of the letters: ‘VR BP No.79 1866’, which stands for Victoria Regina, Buckingham Palace. The number 79 was the room in the palace in which it was used and the date 1866 was when it was moved into Buckingham Palace.

The wardrobe could have been used by Victoria, George V and Edward VII. It is thought to have left the palace around 80 years ago during redecoration work.

The wardrobe is known as a linen press and was used to store sheets and clothing. Linen presses were made from the 17th to 19th Centuries to store textiles and had a prominent place in bedrooms. This particular press is 82 inches tall by 52 inches wide. It features panel doors and sliding trays on top of a chest of drawers.

The wardrobe’s owner has made it available at a Sherborne, Dorset auction with a guide price of £3,500. Richard Bromell of auctioneers Charterhouse, said:

“Rarely do you come across furniture or chattels from any Royal residence on the open market.”

There are fine examples of antique wardrobes in Lancashire antique shops. Some may have been owned by notable people, and while it is unlikely you will come across furniture with a royal connection, antiques can often have incredible and unexpected pasts.

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