Charles 1st loyalty pendant
A rare silver loyalty pendant in high relief of Charles 1st, circa 1648 – 1649, by Thomas Rawlins. Medals like this were awarded to or commissioned by supporters of the King when the conflict with Parliament arose. On the obverse a bust of Charles 1st, hair long, in armour and lace collar. The figure is surrounded by the Latin legend : CAROLUS. DG. MAG. BRI. FR. ET. HIB. RX. : Charles, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King. To reverse the Royal Arms crowned, within a garter surround and with the Latin legend : HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE, the motto of the Royal Order of the Garter. It measures 2 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches and is in very fine and original condition. There are similar examples in the British Museum.