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locket / finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1439

  • Description

    Finger-ring; gold; shoulders with scrolls reserved on ground of black enamel; oval bezel opening as locket, containing enamelled portrait of Charles I with blue ground; lid has table diamond in square setting on ground with scrolls on black enamel; edges and back of bezel are also enamelled in black.

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  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.74 inches (hoop)
    • Length: 0.5 inches (bezel)
    • Weight: 48 grains
  • Curator's comments

    See curator's comments for next item AF 1440, Dalton 1366 for Lord Braybrooke's reference to Lady Londesborough's rings.
    The Londesborough Collection catalogue 218 describes it as, 'Gold with square table-faced diamond on an oval face, which opens, and reveals, beneath, a portrait of Charles I in enamel. The face of the ring, its back, and side portions of the shank, engraved with scroll work, filled in with black enamel. purchased by Lord Londesborough from a dealer for £10.'
    Mr Crofton Croker then refers to a similar ring sold at the Strawberry Hill auction, lot 59, which had belonged to Horace Walpole. Dalton mistakenly identifies this ring no.1365 in his catalogue as the Walpole ring. It could be Dalton 1361, which fits the description but clearer provenance is needed.
    M.Lincoln, ed. Samuel Pepys, Plague, Fire and Revolution, NMMuseum London 2015, cat.11, suggesting this was made shortly after Charles I's execution.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 1365 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G46/dc11/p4/no15

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2015-2016 20 Nov-28 Mar, London, National Maritime Museum, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution 2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven' 1993 11 Jun-3 Oct, Belgium, Antwerp, Museum voor Kunstambachten Sterckshof, A Sparkling Age

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Acquisition notes

    Not the ring originally owned by Horace Walpole. Dalton misunderstood Crofton Croker's notes in the Londesborough catalogue..

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1439

  • Additional IDs

    • Londesborough Collection 218
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