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Posthumous portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

The chambers at Holyrood are filled with items associated with Mary

Little Gidding community

Needlework casket late 17th century

Silk needlework | 28.2 x 24.0 x 17.2 cm | RCIN 37036

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This casket was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1892. Needlework caskets such as this one were used for a variety of purposes and frequently contained receptacles for ink and sand, bottles for perfume and sections for combs and needle cases. Mary, Queen of Scots was known to do needlework and likely owned a needlework casket. This example was made nearly a century after her death.