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Ref  MBL1   Charles Ist  Memorial Ring

A 17th century Royalist supporter's ring, commemorating the death of King Charles I in 1649. Following his execution on 30th January 1649, Charles's supporters considered him to be a martyr and commemorative jewellery was made in his honour. Locks of the King's hair, painted miniatures and royalist symbols were set into rings, lockets and pendants and worn as a sign of allegiance to the Royalist cause. This ring's decoratively engraved gold and black enamel shank supports a bezel containing a enamel portrait after Van Dyck of the monarch with mournful demeanour, reserved on a duck-egg blue ground. The portrait is covered with a domed crystal and the gallery to reverse is filled with black enamel. The ring is size M and 1/2 [US 6 and 1/4] and can be sized and the head of the ring measures 1/2 an inch by 1/3 of an inch. It is in excellent and very wearable condition, the portrait is finely executed and undamaged, and the majority of the black enamel is still intact.

£8500


charles3


charles2


cr

808197

808198




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647646

Portrait of Charles 1st as a martyr, his earthly crown being lost for the celestial. In his final speech on the execution scaffold Charles declared, "I go from a corruptible to an incorruptible crown, where no disturbance can be."


 

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