Two small panels of crimson satin embroidered with couched silver over a raised or padded ground and silver wire or strip wound round a bundle of silk threads. Each panel has an interlace pattern border which has been executed in pairs of silver wire threads. On one piece, a crown surmounting a Tudor rose between two baluster-like columns; on the second piece, a crown over the initials HR separated by a column. The 'h' is lower case and both letters curly. The centres of both crowns formed of an applied piece of 'Cloth of Gold', the centre of the rose is in cloth of silver. No lining; a number of repairs.
- Length: 3.25 inches
- Width: 3.25 inches
Inscription ScriptRoman capitals
Inscription ContentH R
Inscription TransliterationHenricus Rex
Inscription TranslationKing Henry
Inscription Commentroyal monogram of Henry VIII of England
See also 1895,0810,37.b
Possibly cut from a prayer-book or other bookbinding. For a similar needlework bookbinding for a manuscript of 1615, see Margaret Swain, 'Embroidered Stuart Pictures', p. 16.
Santina Levey suggests that these panels may be part of a purse, perhaps a gift from Henry. She is to publish the panels in a publication for the Antiquaries on Henry VIII's royal embroideries. DFT
Embroidery is intact, but the satin is split in places and worn on the edges.
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Object reference number: MCN2691
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