The British Museum has unveiled a gold pendant on a chain, which is associated with King Henry VIII and his first Queen, Catherine of Aragon. The item was discovered in Warwickshire by a metal detectorist.
The pendant is attached to a gold chain via an enamelled ‘hand.’ It is decorated with the Tudor rose and a pomegranate bush, which were the symbols of Henry and Catherine. The inscription reads TOVS + IORS – a play on the French word for always. The back shows the letters H & K – for Henry and Katherine (spelling was quite flexible). It is most likely dated to be from around 1521.
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