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.

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