Charles 1st memorial ring

King Charles 1st memorial ring

A rare silver ring circa 1650, commemorating the death of Charles 1st in 1649. The hoop terminates in an oval bezel incised with a skull and the initials CR [Charles Rex]. Rings such as this would have been worn by Royalist supporters who considered the king to have died a martyr. The ring is size P [US 7 and 1/2]  and the oval bezel measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. It has survived in remarkably fine condition with elements of its original lemon gilding still intact. For similar examples see the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum collections.


Portrait of Charles 1 as the martyr king, his mortal crown being replaced by the incorruptible crown of immortality. Cheapside Hoard.