As plans can now proceed for the re-interment of the remains of Richard III, visitors to the new Richard III Experience in York now have the unique opportunity to see a new interpretation of ‘the crown that never was’ – Richard’s funeral crown.
Noted Ricardian historian, Dr John Ashdown-Hill, has commissioned a 15th century-style coronet, which goes on display for two months from 19 May 2014 in the Richard III Experience in Monk Bar, before it starts a tour of the country.
The crown was constructed by medieval jewellery expert George Easton, and takes inspiration for its design from historical sources relating to the infamous monarch, including illustrations and surviving relics from the period.
“The crown is plated with gold, with the circle set enamelled with white roses and pearls. On the roses are set rubies and sapphires, representing the livery colours of the house of York. The crosses of the crown have more enamelled white roses, set with emeralds and turquoises,”