Crown of Queen Maria Josepha

Crown of Queen Maria Josepha
Silver regalia of King Augustus III of Poland and Queen Maria Josepha

Crown of Maria Josepha was made for Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria, wife of King Augustus III of Poland, for her coronation as Polish queen in 1734.



In 1925 Polish Government purchased the silver regalia of King Augustus III and Queen Maria Josepha in Vienna for $ 35,000 (175 000 zł). It consisted of 2 crowns, 2 sceptres and 2 orbs made in about 1733. The original Crown Regalia were hidden - see War of the Polish Succession.[1] The jewels were exhibited in Warsaw till 1939 and in 1940 they were stolen by German forces.[1] Later they were found by the Soviet troops in Germany and sent to the USSR where they remained until 1960, when they were returned to Poland.[1] Today are deposited in the National Museum in Warsaw.[2]


  1. ^ a b c (Polish) Jerzy Lileyko (1987). Regalia Polskie (Polish Regalia). pp. 106–107. ISBN 83-03-02021-8. 
  2. ^ (English) Karol Estreicher (1945). The Mystery of the Polish Crown Jewels. Alliance Press Limited. p. 25. 

Further reading

  • Jerzy Lileyko. Regalia Polskie. Warszawa 1987. ISBN 83-03-02021-8 (Polish)
  • Janusz Miniewicz. Tajemnica polskich koron. Czy jest szansa ich odnalezienia?. Nowy Sącz 2006. ISBN 83-924034-2-8 (Polish)
  • Michał Rożek. Polskie koronacje i korony. Kraków 1987. ISBN 83-03-01914-7 (Polish)

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