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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver with applied silver-gilt decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Brooke of Gateforth Gift

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 54, case 14 []

Object Type
Many lockets with royal portraits were made in the second half of the 17th century to show support for the Stuart Kings.

Historical Associations
The execution of Charles I in 1649 inspired numerous images on medals, rings, pendants and lockets. The objects ranged from modest ornaments like this one to gold jewels as well as reliquaries that contained fragments of material soaked in the blood of the executed King.

For some people Charles became a religious martyr whose feast day was kept on the anniversary of his execution. From 1662 to 1859 the Book of Common Prayer used by the Church of England included a 'Form of Prayer with Fasting to be used yearly on the Thirtieth Day of January, to commemorate the Martyrdom of the Blessed King Charles the First in 1649'.

However, support for the Stuarts was conditional, as James II was to discover in 1688 when he had to flee abroad, leaving the throne to his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange.

Physical description

Heart shaped silver locket with depictions of Charles I, the future Charles II, and Henrietta Maria, inscribed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1600-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver with applied silver-gilt decoration

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 3.6 cm including ring, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 0.65 cm

Object history note

Given by the Rev. R. Brooke in 1864.

Descriptive line

Locket, silver, heart shaped, with busts of Charles I and II, and Henrietta Maria, made in England, 1600-1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 42

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Owning a locket like this was an expression of devotion to the Stuart monarchy. After the restoration of Charles II in 1660, when the memory of Charles I's execution was still strong. Many pieces of personal jewellery bearing royal images were made in this period. [27/03/2003]


Silver; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Pierced hearts


Metalwork; Jewellery; Royalty; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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