Charles Rex Martyr
A mid-17th century enamel pendant, commemorating the death of King Charles 1st in 1648. The high carat gold pendant contains an enamel portrait after Mytens of the monarch wearing a falling lace collar and the blue sash of the Order of the Garter. To reverse in enamel the initials CR surmounted by a crown. Both obverse and reverse are within glazed compartments. The political conflict between the absolutism of Charles I and Parliament culminated in the execution of the king in 1648. The many who regarded this event as a crime expressed their sorrow by wearing small jewels such as this [which could be easily concealed] in his memory both at the time of his death and after the Restoration. The pendant measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Some enamel damage. Such a rare little Royalist gem.
Charles 1st by Daniel Mytens