A late 18th century memorial ring
The navette-shaped plaque with glazed locket compartment encasing a 'wheat-sheaf' of hair, the underside engraved 'Mary Tudor Queen of France Died 1533', on a tapered hoop with engraved shoulders, ring size L, fitted case with interior hand-painted inscription: 'This ring was given by me to the Lady Katherine Manners, eld't dau't to John, 7th Duke of Rutland, on Xmas Day 1897. It contains a lock of the hair of her ancestress the Lady Mary Tudor, dau't of King Henry VII, who mar'd 1stly Louis XII, King of France and 2dly Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Her descen't by the latter marriage the Lady Frances Brandon, dau't of Charles Brandon, 6th Duke of Suffolk became the wife of John Manners, Marquess of Granby, eld't son of John 3rd Duke of Rutland. Mary Tudor died on 25 June 1533 and was bur'd 22nd July at the monastery of St Edmondsbury. On the dissolution of that house, her coffin was removed to the Parish Church. On 6th Sept 1784 her tomb and its leaden coffin were opened. Her hair, nearly 2 feet long, was found in perfect condition, & this lock was then cut off. The inscription inside the ring is a copy of that on the coffin. Another lock, enclos'd in a locket was exhib'd at the Tudor Exhibition, New Gallery, London, 1890. See Cat, 186', the inscription signed 'Frances Pierrepont Barnard, St Mary's Abbey, Windermere'