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About this object

  • ID:

    84.80

  • Production date:

    Late Medieval; mid 15th century

  • Location:

    In Store

  • This silver ornament, known as a 'collar of SS' or 'of esses', is made up of 41 links, each in the form of a letter S. These collars were an emblem of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (1340-99), of his son Henry, who became King Henry IV in 1399, and of the other Lancastrian kings Henry V and Henry VI. Collars of varying degrees of value were presented to those the king wished to honour. A silver collar like this was probably made for someone below the rank of knight: an emblem of authority for a government official or an ambassador.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    L 700 mm (excluding pendant), H 275 mm; W 212 mm; D 10 mm (as displayed)

  • Materials

    silver

  • Last Updated

    2024-05-31

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    permanent collection

  • CREDIT

    Purchased with the aid of grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Goldsmiths' Company

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    River Thames (found)

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