Stamford antiques firm to sell Princess Margaret Collection at Antiques For Everyone fair

Princess Margaret in 2000. PA Photo: Toby Melville.
Princess Margaret in 2000. PA Photo: Toby Melville.

A unique collection of items owned or used by Princess Margaret is being sold this weekend by a Stamford-based antiques firm.

The Riverside Antiques Centre, in Wharf Road, is exhibiting and selling the one-of-a-kind collection at the Antiques For Everyone fair at the NEC in Birmingham.

Among the items on sale is a diamond ring valued at £750,000 and a 1940s Cartier watch bought second-hand by the Queen Mother and given to Princess Margaret as a Christmas present.

The collection was bought by the firm as an investment and will be on sale this weekend in its entirety.

A spokesman said prices started from £3,000 upwards, adding: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a piece of history for the next generation.”

Alongside the more glittering items are some which, while not as expensive, carry equally fascinating stories.

One in particular is a 20ft section of the original cast iron balustrade used in the royal box at Ascot Racecourse.

The fencing, which is kept at Kensington Palace, was made by the Lion Foundry Company of Kirkintilloch, Scotland, in 1929.

Also on sale is a four-poster bed which belonged to the Queen’s grandparents and a 1918 solid gold 18 carat carriage clock with Princess Margaret’s monogram inscribed on the top.

Each item comes with a leather-bound certificate of authenticity signed by Princess Margaret’s son David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley.

Staff at the Riverside Antiques Centre have already had a lot of interest in the items and hope the sale will boost both their own profile and that of the show.

The firm offers free valuations along with advice and auction services.