This Tiara was commisioned for Lady Allan by her husband, a Canadaina banker & ship owner Sir Hugh Allan from Cartier in 1909.

Lady Allan booked passage on the RMS Lusitania in 1915 and would likely have worn this fabulous jewel during the ill fated voyage. she was accompanied by her two of her three daughters Anna Marjory and gwendolyn Evelyn and two maids: Emily Davis and Anne Walker. She tragically lost her to daughters that May afternoon of 1915 off the South coast of ireland.

One of her maids kept the tiara with her when she was rescued.

You will be able to see the tiara in New York, finally travelling back to the US after 100 years.
The tragedy was one of the defining moments of the C20th, the twiights of the Edwardian age.

This rare and iconic tiara will be offered on sale at the Sotheby's Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale.


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