London, South Kensington
29 March 2009
A CHARLES I SILVER ROYALIST LOCKET DISGUISED AS AN AMATORY TOKEN
UNMARKED, CIRCA 1648
One side inscribed QUIS TEMPERY A LACHRIMIS FANIT 30 1648 above an engraved heart pierced with two arrows, the back further inscribed FINUSTA MEA NOX above a skull, the cover lifting out to reveal an interior concealed portrait of Charles I in profile on a brown enamel ground; together with a Royalist revival woven silk sash, 18th century, with the legend GOD BLESS THE KING AND DOWN WITH THE RUMP; and a set of 52 17th century playing cards depicting scenes from 'The Popish Plot'
The sash, 1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) wide; 50 in. (127 cm.) long
The sash: Christie's London, 20 February, 1973, lot 165.
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For similar examples of the sash see, Seligman and Hughes, Domestic Needlework, 1938, plate XVI.
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