An ‘outstanding’ Victorian bench made for a British prince who later became king is coming up for auction in June.
The unique Royal Commemorative oak settle was presented to the Prince of Wales 132 years ago, a fact stated in its inscription, ‘HRH Prince of Wales, Derby Races November 1888’.
The history books tell us the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, began making appearances at Derby races as a guest of Derbyshire’s Duke of Devonshire. In 1888, the prince watched his horse Magic win the Prince of Wales chase.
The bench, ‘described as magnificent’ by furniture expert Edward Rycroft, is now due to go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers with a guide price £200-£300 – but could fetch more.
This royal bench, lot 4042, is due to be sold on June 24 in Hansons’ Antiques and Collectors Auction. View the catalogue at www.hansonslive.co.uk