An intriguing donation came into the TRC on Thursday (29th May 2014), consisting of a very large christening veil made from a white, embroidered net lace.
The veil is unusual for several reasons, but most notably because it was given by Anne Paulowna (1795-1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia, and the wife of the later King Willem II, to Maria Petronella s’Jacob-Rochussen (1792-1848). The veil was probably given to the s‘Jacob family following the birth of her daughter, Jeanne Josein Antoinette s’Jacob (1821-1910) in Brussels. At the time, Maria Petronella’s husband, Frederik s’Jacob (1775-1831), was the Secretaris van de Raad van State and closely related to the Royal court.
The veil was given to the TRC by Mrs. V.P. Loeliger-Salomonson, a descendant of the s’Jacob family. Mrs. Loeliger-Salomonson wore the veil, as a bridal veil, at her own wedding to Emil Loeliger in 1954.
More details to come!
Gillian Vogelsang, 29 May 2014