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Rare 17th Century Charles I Memorial Ring


Rare 17th Century Charles I Memorial Ring



DATE: Mid 17th Century, c.1650

An astonishing portrait memorial ring in commemoration of Charles I of England. These rings were made after the king was executed in January 1649, and would have been worn by Royalists, probably mainly in private, to show support for the monarchy. This example is modelled in 22 karat gold, and features a finely hand-painted portrait of Charles - it dates from c.1650.

From 1642, Charles fought the armies of the English and Scottish parliaments in the English Civil War. After his defeat in 1645, he surrendered to a Scottish force that eventually handed him over to the English Parliament. Charles was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The monarchy was abolished and a republic called the Commonwealth of England was declared. The monarchy was restored to Charles's son, Charles II, in 1660.


Head: 11.8 x 9.9mm

Width of band: 1.1mm




No marks present, tests as 22k gold


Good, some denting to the back of the head


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