Friday, 21 August 2015

Valuing Antiques: The Tudor Coleridge Collar.

Edward Montagu, was Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and a member of Henry VIII Privy Council. In 1546/7 Henry VIII presented Montagu with what has come to be known as the Coleridge Collar.

 " a 20½oz gold judicial chain of office made up of 27 S-links interspersed with 26 knot-links, with an unenamelled Tudor rose flanked by portcullises at its centre" 

The Coleridge family, who owned the collar until 2006 stated that they thought that King Henry VII had given the collar to the first Chief Justice of the Common Pleas during his reign between 1485 and 1509 and that Henry VIII gifted Montagu the chain when he took up his role as Lord Chief Justice. 

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