Signed on the obverse with initials AS/ 1915
in gilt-metal mount with velvet reverse, set in the original tooled brown leather travelling case
From 1909 Prince Albert attended the Royal Naval College, Osborne as a navel cadet. He came bottom of the class in the final examination, but despite this, he progressed to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1911. Albert was commissioned as a midshipman on 15 September 1913 and a year later served in World War 1. He saw action aboard HMS Collingwood in the Battle of Jutland, 31 May-1 June 1916, which ended as a tactical victory for the German Empire but a strategic victory for the United Kingdom.
With the advances in photographic technology, it became fashionable to have your photograph taken and then to have it hand painted – which meant that more and more people could possess a “miniature” of themselves at much less cost than an original painting. Miss Deacon is known to have worked in a photographic studio but it is not known which one. Presumably the initials AS on this miniature reveal the identity of the photographic studio’s name.