The martyr king

Charles 1st

A Royalist supporter’s ring commemorating the death of King Charles Ist in 1649. The gold ring contains a watercolour portrait of the monarch with mournful demeanour, reserved on a duck-egg blue ground and under a domed crystal. The ring is size L [US 5 and 1/2]. 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 jewels such as this in his memory both at the time and after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.