The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London (Department of the Environment Official Guide)

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The treasures of the Jewel House in the Tower of London are, for the most part, connected with the coronation of the kings and queens of England, and almost all are of seventeenth-century and later date. The execution of Charles I in 1649 had been followed by the systematic destruction of the royal ornaments, some of which would seem to have dated from the early Middle Ages, and possibly from the time of Edward the Confessor himself, so that a new set had to be made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661. Since then, additional pieces have been provided from time to time, generally following the earlier forms. The hall-mark on each piece gives the year of its manufacture, but its introduction into the Regalia, or its association with some particular sovereign, may have come at a later date, so that a piece may be stamped with a date-letter somewhat earlier than the accession of the king or queen whose initial it bears.

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