1887 JUBILEE MEDAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA --Queen Victoria in her youth and at the time of her jubilee of 1887.... thus, a double portrait on a medal made in Austria, ca 1887.  Aprox: 2.5" across. Note the liberal idea of the early crown. Many such items are not historically correct references, especially to jewels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Christian Orlov Photo 2015.

1887 JUBILEE MEDAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA --Queen Victoria in her youth and at the time of her jubilee of 1887.... thus, a double portrait on a medal made in Austria, ca 1887. Aprox: 2.5" across. Note the liberal idea of the early crown. Many such items are not historically correct references, especially to jewels. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Christian Orlov Photo 2015.

This is a reproduction of the crown worn by the infamous Henry VIII, the powerful plus-sized king with many wives.  The original was made either for Henry VIII or his father Henry VII and was worn by subsequent Tudor and Stuart monarchs up until it was broken apart & melted down at the Tower of London in 1649 under the orders of Oliver Cromwell (when the monarchy was abolished and replaced by the Protectorate).   The original crown was made of solid gold and inset with various rubies...

The Lost Crown of the Tudors and Stuarts

This is a reproduction of the crown worn by the infamous Henry VIII, the powerful plus-sized king with many wives. The original was made either for Henry VIII or his father Henry VII and was worn by subsequent Tudor and Stuart monarchs up until it was broken apart & melted down at the Tower of London in 1649 under the orders of Oliver Cromwell (when the monarchy was abolished and replaced by the Protectorate). The original crown was made of solid gold and inset with various rubies...

ENGLISH ROYAL PLATE: THE "LAST SUPPER" ALTAR DISH, 1664. Made for James, Duke of York, by Henry Greenway, this extraordinary dish depicts Christ dining with the twelve Disciples. Ornate plate with figurative imagery came to have a special importance in English churches after the Reformation.

ENGLISH ROYAL PLATE: THE "LAST SUPPER" ALTAR DISH, 1664. Made for James, Duke of York, by Henry Greenway, this extraordinary dish depicts Christ dining with the twelve Disciples. Ornate plate with figurative imagery came to have a special importance in English churches after the Reformation.

CORONATION PLATE: Christening Basin & Ewer, C.1735. These were used for the baptism of the future George III in 1738. The figure of Hercules slaying the Hydra is represented on the handle of the Ewer.

CORONATION PLATE: Christening Basin & Ewer, C.1735. These were used for the baptism of the future George III in 1738. The figure of Hercules slaying the Hydra is represented on the handle of the Ewer.

Great Star of Africa in the royal scepter of the British Crown Jewels. It is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world.

Great Star of Africa in the royal scepter of the British Crown Jewels. It is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world.

An incredibly large photograph of The Black Prince's Ruby in the front arch of Britain's Imperial State Crown. One can see right through the stone! The Photograph is about 10 inches high.

An incredibly large photograph of The Black Prince's Ruby in the front arch of Britain's Imperial State Crown. One can see right through the stone! The Photograph is about 10 inches high.

MEDAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA."For Success In Art". It looks as though she is wearing her Sapphire and diamond tiara, a gift of Prince Albert, her husband. Awarded by the South Kensington Museum, now The Victoria & Albert Museum. Gold, by William Wyon, English, Struck: 1856. This specimen was presented to the American painter George F. Munn. (This not part of The Crown Jewels, a private jewel). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Christian Orlov Photo 2015.

MEDAL OF QUEEN VICTORIA."For Success In Art". It looks as though she is wearing her Sapphire and diamond tiara, a gift of Prince Albert, her husband. Awarded by the South Kensington Museum, now The Victoria & Albert Museum. Gold, by William Wyon, English, Struck: 1856. This specimen was presented to the American painter George F. Munn. (This not part of The Crown Jewels, a private jewel). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Christian Orlov Photo 2015.

Princess Blanche's Crown, ca 1370-80. This stunning object was in the Tower of London in 1399, but was taken to Germany two years later when Henry IV's daughter, Blanche, married Ludwig III of Bavaria.

Princess Blanche's Crown, ca 1370-80. This stunning object was in the Tower of London in 1399, but was taken to Germany two years later when Henry IV's daughter, Blanche, married Ludwig III of Bavaria.

~ THE SPENCER TIARA ~ Owned by the Spencer family, Worn by Lady Diana Spencer at her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981. The tiara includes diamonds in silver settings mounted in gold in various floral shapes: stylized tulips, star-shaped flowers, and scrolling foliage. It was worn by both of Lady Diana Spencer’s older sisters, Jane and Sarah, at their weddings. It went back to the Spencer family upon Diana's death.

~ THE SPENCER TIARA ~ Owned by the Spencer family, Worn by Lady Diana Spencer at her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981. The tiara includes diamonds in silver settings mounted in gold in various floral shapes: stylized tulips, star-shaped flowers, and scrolling foliage. It was worn by both of Lady Diana Spencer’s older sisters, Jane and Sarah, at their weddings. It went back to the Spencer family upon Diana's death.

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