A mourning plaque,
Lot 83
A mourning plaque,
Sold for £2,125 (US$ 3,571) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A mourning plaque, circa 1820s
The gold-bordered black enamelled plaque, with ciphers and obituary dates for George III and Queen Charlotte, two enamelled crowns and two plaited hair compartments, the reverse engraved "Lord Byron" above crossed laurel leaves, later bow brooch fitting, dimensions 5.3cm x 3.7cm


  • The provenance of this mourning plaque is mysterious and the inscription tantalising as one immediately thinks of the poet Lord Byron, 6th Baron Byron, celebrated artistic figure during the reign of George III and Queen Charlotte. His radical lifestyle and anti-establishment views cast doubt on a direct connection with this plaque. His less famous cousin, Admiral George Anson Byron, 7th Baron Byron, on the other hand, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and a more benevolent relationship with the monarchy. It is possible that this plaque was presented to him shortly after the deaths of George III and Queen Charlotte and engraved at a later date.
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