This is a piece i took out of my own collection, because I bought another, even more expensive Charles I piece, and unfortunately, I can't afford to keep both. Here we have a portrait of King Charles I, executed in 1649. The portrait is water color, and is on vellum. It has a beautiful enameled back which is in unbelievably good condition. This piece is circa 1650, and it is in amazing condition for close to 400 years old. The piece is set in silver, and of course, the glass bezel has some scratches, but they do not distract from the beauty of this historical piece. As most of you who collect mourning and/or historical jewelry know, Charles I pieces are the cadillac of mourning pieces. At some later date, someone has added a lovely, baroque natural pearl. This piece would have been worn with the enamel facing up, as during the years when Cromwell was in power, wearing a royalist piece was dangerous. Of course there were many who believed in the divine right of king's , and felt a mortal sin has been committed in the execution of God's anointed. This portrait part of this piece measures 1/2 inch in diameter. The miniature plus the pearl and bail measures 1 and 1/4 inches long. There are not many of these pieces left available for purchase. I am very proud to have had three Charles I pieces, including this one, and I am keeping the other two.
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