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Tudor-era gold chain auctioned
November 8, 2008, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Tudor Events

henrys-chainThe only known surviving chain of office from the time of Henry VIII has fetched over £300,000 at auction.

The king gave the gold Coleridge Collar to one of his closest advisers, Sir Edward Montagu, around 1546.

The chains showed allegiance to the monarch and the intricacy of the design and quality of the metal signified the status of the wearer.

The collar, which fetched £313,250, is thought to be one of the most important surviving relics of the Tudor age.

It was the first time it had come up for auction.

Sir Edward is thought to have received the collar on his appointment to the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas – one of the highest judicial officials in England.

This type of livery collar, as it was known, became popular when they were used by Henry IV as an official symbol of allegiance to the monarch.

It was known as the “collar of the Esses”, referring to the S characters used in the design alluding to the Latin religious creed Spiritus Sanctus – or holy spirit.

The Tudors later added their own designs of roses and portcullises.

Henry VIII is thought to have awarded only about 20 of the chains to loyal subjects for “special deeds” and none were believed to have survived in their entirety. king-henry

But when the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was merged with another title in 1880 to create the Lord Chief Justice of England – the chain of office became superfluous.

It then became the personal property of Lord Coleridge and passed through his family, changing ownership only once since the 19th century.

It was discovered in the Devon family home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge earlier this year.

Experts say the collar is similar to the one worn by Sir Thomas More in the famous portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Source : BBC News.co.uk

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Henry VIII-era chain up for sale
October 6, 2008, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Tudor Events

The only known surviving chain of office from the time of Henry VIII is being put up for auction.

The king gave the gold Coleridge Collar to one of his closest advisers, Sir Edward Montagu, around 1546.

The chains showed allegiance to the monarch and the intricacy of the design and quality of the metal signified the status of the wearer.

It is expected to fetch £300,000 when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s in London on 6 November.

It will be the first time that the Coleridge Collar, thought to be of the most important surviving relics of the Tudor age, has come up for auction.

Sir Edward is thought to have received the collar on his appointment to the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas – one of the highest judicial officials in England.

This type of livery collar, as it was known, became popular when they were used by Henry IV as an official symbol of allegiance to the monarch.

It was known as the “collar of the Esses”, referring to the S characters used in the design alluding to the Latin religious creed Spiritus Sanctus – or holy spirit.

The Tudors later added their own designs of roses and portcullises.

Henry VIII is thought to have awarded only about 20 of the chains to loyal subjects for “special deeds” and none were believed to have survived in their entirety.

But when the role of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was merged with another title in 1880 to create the Lord Chief Justice of England – the chain of office became superfluous.

It then became the personal property of Lord Coleridge and passed through his family, changing ownership only once since the 19th Century.

It was discovered in the Devon family home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge earlier this year.

Experts say the collar is similar to the one worn by Sir Thomas More in the famous portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Andreas Pampoulides, Christie’s London director and co-head of sale said: “The Coleridge Collar is an extraordinary and fascinating piece of history, both as a work of art, and also as a rare Tudor relic.

“An extremely rare example of early English goldsmith-work, the collar also represents the only known, complete, surviving collar of office from the time of Henry VIII, one of the most renowned of European monarchs.”

The collar is part of Christie’s Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries sale.

Source : BBC News



On This Date
January 3, 2008, 6:41 am
Filed under: Tudor Events, Uncategorized

In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)



Meet Henry In His Early Years Exhibition at Hampton Court
November 26, 2007, 2:07 pm
Filed under: Tudor Events

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Come to Hampton Court Palace and meet the ‘pin-up’ prince before he became fat old Henry VIII.  

Open daily
Entry included with palace ticket

About the exhibition

Visit this fascinating permanent exhibition exploring the stereotypes that have over shadowed the true characters and stories of Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon for centuries.

Henry VIII – Fat, tyrannical and vicious, and married six times. That is not the story you will hear at this exhibition. In its place, we offer you a personal story of three people: Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s wife for over 20 years; Thomas Wolsey, his chief minister and trusted ally, and ‘the lusty and courageous Prince’ – young Henry himself.

You will be surprised and moved as you discover the stories in this new permanent exhibition.

Historic paintings from the Royal Collection, together with audio-visual and hands-on displays, will help you explore and discover a very different King Henry VIII.

Further Information

This re-presentation of the Wolsey rooms is the first in a series of events that will culminate in 2009 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry’s accession to the throne. Last year, Historic Royal Palaces began an ambitious four-year programme to re-present the Tudor parts of Hampton Court and to open up previously hidden parts of the palace. Our ambition is to make the palace the place to come and learn about Henry VIII in 2009 – and beyond.