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Ceremonial and ecclesiastical plate

On the restoration of the monarchy there was an urgent need to replenish the Jewel House with silver, following the melting of plate by the Commonwealth government. This new plate included objects for the royal chapels and for the king's coronation, such as a series of silver gilt maces and magnificent altar dishes that created a dazzling display in Westminster Abbey. The ecclesiastical plate is distinguished by its scale, chasing and gilding, and many pieces were used at subsequent coronations.

Charles II’s new regalia included this chalice and paten, so that the monarch might take communion during the coronation service. The only items of chapel plate to be created entirely from gold, these are the sole objects to carry the mark of the royal goldsmith Vyner.


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