Queen Liliuokalani

Queen Liliuokalani Personal Lace Swatches from her Dresses, with Provenance. Stunning Matted Display

Queen Liliuokalani Personal Lace Swatches from her Dresses, with Provenance. Stunning Matted Display

 

Handsomely presented fabric lace swatch from dresses worn by and belonging to the last sovereign of the Kamehameha Hawaiian dynasty, Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917), with  superb provenance. The two 3" square pieces of lace appear in a floating mount under a reproduction of her portrait and a copy of the provenance. The overall matted size is 11" x 19.75." This lace fabric sample is accompanied by a copy of provenance inscribed: "Pieces from dresses made for LilinoKalani ("Queen Lill")  Ex Queen of Hawaiian Islands." The dress remnant eventually made its way into the collection of the Luray Museum of Luray, Virginia.

 

Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917) was the last sovereign of the Kamehameha dynasty, which had ruled a unified Hawaiian kingdom since 1810. Born Lydia Kamakaeha, she became crown princess in 1877, after the death of her youngest brother made her the heir apparent to her elder brother, King Kalakaua. By the time she took the throne herself in 1891, a new Hawaiian constitution had removed much of the monarchy’s powers in favor of an elite class of businessmen and wealthy landowners (many of them American). When Liliuokalani acted to restore these powers, a U.S. military-backed coup deposed her in 1893 and formed a provisional government; Hawaii was declared a republic in 1894. Liliuokalani signed a formal abdication in 1895 but continued to appeal to U.S. President Grover Cleveland for reinstatement, without success. The United States annexed Hawaii in 1898.

 

These lovely lace pieces are reminiscent of the lace collars frequently worn by Queen Liliuokalani as shown in the accompanying matted portrait print of her. An extraordinary piece of history, handsomely presented.

 

The Luray Museum of Luray, Virginia was started by town resident Mary "Mollie" Zeiler Zerkle (1845-1933), who safeguarded artifacts of mostly local interest. According to family history, nineteen-year-old "Mollie" nursed Union soldiers after the 1864 Battle of New Market. She married Lemuel Zerkle, and the two lived in New Market, Virginia until 1890. That year, the family relocated to Luray, fourteen miles east across the Massanutten Mountain range, where Lemuel had secured a post as Superintendent of Luray Caverns. Local historian Daniel Vaughn reported that the museum operated between 1938-1960, after which point the collection was sold at auction.

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Item: 64179

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