A woman who owns one of Queen Victoria's most intimate undergarment is shocked to find it is worth $20,000

Anita Durairaj

Queen Victoria in 1897Photo byW & D Downey: Public Domain Image

In an article in The Sun, a woman brings in a very intimate garment to the set of the Antiques Roadshow in Salisbury, UK.

The intimate garment once belonged to Queen Victoria and the woman was interested in its value.

The garment was inside a big box and when it was opened, the antique expert was surprised to find a large pair of knickerbockers (loose pair of trousers or drawers that fit below the knee).

The knickerbockers belonged to Queen Victoria and even had her monogram "VR" on them.

The antique expert provided more information about the knickerbockers,

They are a fabulous pair of what is known as open drawers.
“And open drawers is exactly what ladies wore throughout the course of the 19th century.

The expert also stated that the drawers were of the finest quality.

"They are made of very fine linen and they are beautiful. “They are incredible and obviously it has been sewn by hand but if you look at those stitches it looks like it has been sewn by a mouse.
“Tiny, tiny stitches. They were stitching for their Queen.”

She asked the woman how she ended up possessing a pair of Queen Victoria's drawers.

The woman replied that it had been passed down through her family. In the past, her ancestors had worked with royalty and other titled individuals.

As a token of her affection, Queen Victoria often gave gifts including intimate items such as the pair of drawers to people who worked for her.

Most surprisingly, the antique expert valued the royal underwear at a price of 16,000 pounds ($20,000).

Who knew that old underwear could cost so much?

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