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Ref  MBL1   Charles 1  Memorial Ring

A 17th century Royalist supporter's ring, commemorating the death of King Charles I in 1649. The decoratively engraved gold and black enamelled shank supports a bezel containing a enamel portrait after Van Dyck of the monarch with mournful demeanour, wearing a lace collar and blue ribbon of the Garter, 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 political conflict between the absolutism of Charles I and Parliament culminated in the execution of the king in 1649. The many who regarded this event as a crime expressed their sorrow by wearing rings such as this in his memory. They also held political significance, indicating hope for the restoration of the monarchy in the future. 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




crex4

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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