This is my locket collection depicting the heraldic badges and mottos of Henry VIII's wives. Choose your favourite from one of 6 wives. Each locket has the motto of each Queen inside and the heraldic badge chosen by each Queen on the front.
Each heraldic badge is made into a 20 mm glass circle. This is then set onto the locket which opens to reveal a tiny slip of paper with the motto. The locket is 25 mm in diameter and has a Tudor rose style etching.
Catherine Of Aragon (16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) Henry’s First Wife
Motto Humble And Loyal
Badge Symbol: A Crowned Pomegranate Heraldic Meaning: Pomegranate: Fertility And Abundance
The Pomegranate: Is An Ancient Symbol For Fertility And Regeneration And In The Christian Church Is A Sign Of Christ’s Resurrection. It Would Have Been Seen As A Very Apt Symbol For Catherine And The Promise Of Heirs That Her Marriage Brought.
Anne Boleyn (1501/1507 – 19 May 1536) Henry’s Second Wife.
Motto The Most Happy
Badge Symbols: Crowned Falcon Holding A Sceptre On A Tree Stump With Red And White Flowers Sprouting. The White Falcon Was Derived From The Heraldic Crest Of The Earls Of Ormonde As Her Father Had Been Recognized As The Heir.
Heraldic Meanings: Falcon/Hawk: Denotes One Who Was Fond Of The Highest Pursuits. Hunting And Falconry Were Such Pursuits In The Days Of Heraldry. The Falcon Denotes Someone Eager, Or Hot In The Pursuit Of An Object Much Desired. One Who Does Not Rest Until Objective Achieved.
The Tree Stump: The Tree Stump Or “Woodstock” Is A Centuries-Old Royal Badge It Referred To Henry VIII’s Right To The Throne, But That This Combined With The Falcon Landing On It And Roses Bursting Forth Spoke Clearly Of Life Bursting Forth “From The Barrenness Of The Tudor Stock.
The Roses On Anne Boleyn’s Badge Are Not The Tudor Rose But Rather The Red Rose Of Lancaster And The White Rose Of York This Is Also Referring To Henry VIII’s Right To The Throne Of England, Through His Father Henry Tudor, Earl Of Richmond (A Lancastrian), And His Mother Elizabeth Of York, They Brought The Claims Of The Lancastrian And Yorkists Together.
The Crown: An Imperial Crown Rather Than A Monarch’s Crown. The Sceptre: It Not Only Refers To Henry And Anne Being King And Queen, But Is Also A Symbol Of God-Given Authority.
The Crown: Is An Emblem Of Victory And Sovereignty. Its Significance As The Decoration Is The Ultimate Level Of Rank And Power.
Jane Seymour (1508 – 24 October 1537) Henry’s Third Wife.
Motto Bound To Obey And Serve
Badge Symbols: Crowned Phoenix Rising From A Castle, Between Two Red And White Roses.
Heraldic Meanings: Phoenix: Resurrection. The Phoenix Is A Symbol Of Immortality, Rebirth And Renewal. The End Of An Era And The Beginning Of A New One.
Castle: The Emblem Of Grandeur And Society. The Castle Signifies Power And Vigilance On The Watch As Well As Home And Safety.
The Crown: An Imperial Crown Rather Than A Monarch’s Crown. The Sprouting Roses: Mean Bringing Children Into The Home.
Anne Of Cleves (22 September 1515 – 16 July 1557) Henry’s Fourth Wife
Motto God Send Me Well To Keep
Badge Symbol: A Gold Escarbuncle
Heraldic Meanings: The Escarbuncle Is A Symbol Of Supremacy And It Is An Interesting Example Of A Charge Developed By The Evolution Of The Shield Itself. In Ancient Warfare Iron Bands Stemming From The Center And Radiating Outwards Were Used To Strengthen The Shield For Better Protection In Battle. This Represents A Strong Person
The Crown: Anne Was From The Royal German House Of La Marck
Catherine Howard (1521 – 13 February 1542) Henry’s Fifth Wife
Motto No Other Will Than His
Badge Symbol: Crowned Union White And Red Rose Without A Thorn.
Heraldic Meanings: This Is The Same As Henrys Except Without A Thorn. (Henry Called Katherine His Blushing Rose Without A Thorn.) The Red Rose Of Lancaster And The White Rose Of York Together Make The Tudor Rose.
Catherine Parr (1512 – 5 September 1548) Henry’s Sixth Wife
Motto To Be Useful In All That I Do
Badge Symbol: A Maidens Head Crowned Rising From A Large Tudor Rose
Heraldic Meaning: Catherine Used Her Patron Saint, Saint Catherine Of Alexandria, As Inspiration For Her Badge. The Maidenhead Had Long Been Associated With The Parr Family. Maidens In Heraldry Denote Purity, Redemption, Virtuousness And Justice.
The locket is set on an 18 inch bronze belcher chain. Please message me if you would prefer a 20 or 24 inch chain.