Replica of the chain of office worn by Richard III in the arch-topped portrait, c. 1510–40.
The arch-topped portrait, held by the Society of Antiquaries, is thought to be the earliest surviving painting of King Richard III that was made from a prototype painted during his reign (1483–85). Examination of the wood panel the portrait was painted on suggests the work was probably created between 1510 and 1540
Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 26 June 1483 until his death in 1485. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.
The Chain of Office is made with filigree antique gold plated settings. I have adorned the settings with several layers topped with ouches with a black square centre and ceramic pearls. The chain is finished to the back with a toggle clasp.
The chain has a good weight to it and measures approximately 100 cm with some room for adjustment as there is an extension chain to the back.
The chain will come wrapped in my rose tissue paper and is sent in a sturdy box.