Victoria’s breakfast service for sale
A PORCELAIN breakfast service ordered by a marquess to honour Queen Victoria on her first visit to Scotland will go under the hammer next week.
John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane, had the set of nearly 300 pieces made as part of a massive upgrading at Taymouth Castle in Perthshire ahead of the royal visit from September 7-10, 1842.
It is said that the young Queen Victoria was so charmed by what she saw at Taymouth with her consort Prince Albert that it confirmed her love of Scotland.
The royal couple would go on to lease Balmoral Castle further north in Deeside in 1848 before they purchased it in 1852.
The breakfast service, ordered from the Worcester porcelain factory and consisting of pieces painted with sprigs of heather and the family coronet, is among a sale of 43 lots of property from the Earls of Breadalbane and Holland which were among the contents of Taymouth Castle.
They will go under the hammer live online at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on Tuesday, May 18.
Bidding on the Breadalbane heather service is expected to start at £2,000–£3,000.