Queen Elizabeth Artifacts

One of the most recognizable monarchs of all time is Queen Elizabeth I of England. Four hundred and fifteen years after her death she is still revered as one of the best monarchs in history. She reigned for forty-five years and her rule was known as the Age of Gloriana. Not bad for the illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, eh?

On my Facebook page I love to share images of artifacts belonging to different monarchs of the time and that led me to creating this article for your viewing pleasure. Where I was able to obtain the proper credit information I listed below the image. These images cannot be used without permission from the proper source. I did my best to ensure that these images were sourced as accurately as possible. Please let me know if I have something sourced incorrectly.
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Gloves (Queen Elizabeth I gloves), 16th century

IDENTIFIER AKG5729536 SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES CREDIT LINEHeritage Images / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford / akg-images



Queen Elizabeth I’s Cradle

Queen Elizabeth I’s cradle, (1896). Princess Elizabeth (1533-1603) spent much of her early childhood at the Royal Palace of Hatfield, Hatfield House.

IDENTIFIER: AKG5191288, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / The Print Collector / akg-images



Queen Elizabeth Ring

Queen Elizabeth I Ring, c. 1560. Found in the collection of the Chequers Estate. The images inside the ring are of Elizabeth and her mother, Anne Boleyn.

IDENTIFIER: AKG5691178, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage Images / Fine Art Images / akg-images

Queen Elizabeth Cameo

Cameo carved with the portrait of Elizabeth I, c1575. The queen in profile, wearing a ruff. An example of the type often presented by the queen to favoured people. From the Cheapside Hoard, part of a goldsmith’s stock found buried beneath a floor in Cheapside, in the City of London.

IDENTIFIER: AKG4867764, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / Museum of London / akg-images



Queen Elizabeth’s Virginal

Queen Elizabeth I’s virginal, made in Italy circa 1570. Chromolithograph from an illustration by William Gibb from A.J. Hipkins, ‘Musical Instruments, Historic, Rare and Unique,’ Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1888. Alfred James Hipkins (1826-1903) was an English musicologist who specialized in the history of the pianoforte and other instruments. William Gibb was a master illustrator and chromolithographer and illustrated ‘The Royal House of Stuart'(1890), ‘Naval and Military Trophies'(1896), and others.

IDENTIFIER: AKG2002525, SOURCE:FLORILEGIUS, CREDIT LINE: akg-images / Florilegius



Queen Elizabeth Half Pound Coin

Elizabeth I Half Pound Coin. Dated 16th Century; akg-images / WHA / World History Archive,AKG5519928

Queen Elizabeth Coins

Elizabethan coins, (1896). Coins from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Illustration after the originals in the British Museum, London, from a work published by Boussod, Valadon & Co, (1896).

IDENTIFIER: AKG5191300, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / The Print Collector / akg-imagesTIME PERIOD



Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth

Great Seal of Queen Elizabeth I, 16th century, (1896). Illustration after the original in the British museum, London, from a work published by Boussod, Valadon & Co, (1896).

IDENTIFIER: AKG5191309, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / The Print Collector / akg-images

Wax Impression of Great Seal

Wax impression of great seal of Elizabeth I (incomplete), 1586-1603.

IDENTIFIER: AKG5729885, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage Images / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford / akg-images



Queen Elizabeth Medal

Queen Elizabeth I medal, 16th century, (1896). Illustration after the original in the British Museum, London, from a work published by Boussod, Valadon & Co, (1896).

IDENTIFIER: AKG5191310, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / The Print Collector / akg-images

Pearl Sword

The Lord Mayor’s Sword of State and Pearl Sword. The State sword originates from the mid-seventeenth century. The Pearl Sword was used according to legend, by Elizabeth I at the opening of first Royal Exchange in 1571.

From The Connoisseur Vol XLIV by [Otto Limited, London, 1916.] IDENTIFIER: AKG5247532, SOURCE: HERITAGE IMAGES, CREDIT LINE: Heritage-Images / The Print Collector / akg-images



Travel cutlery and bag of Queen Elizabeth?

Alnwick Castle, Alnwick, Great Britain. Image copyright Lessing Archive

Elizabeth’s Saddle and Handkerchief at Warwick Castle

Image credit unknown



Elizabeth’s Funeral Effigy with Corset

Image Credit is Unknown (if you know please advise)

Elizabeth’s Dress

This is part of a dress that was given to Blanche Parry by Queen Elizabeth and was later turned into an altar cloth.

©Historic Royal Palaces/ St Faith’s Church Bacton



Essex Ring

Essex Ring – given to Robert Devereux by the Queen

Image Credit is Unknown (if you know please advise)

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8 thoughts on “Queen Elizabeth Artifacts

  1. I believe that the corset is located at Westminster. If I remember correctly from my visit there, they had that as well as other pieces of hers.

  2. Please check the dates given for the Pearl Sword as can’t be 1571 and mid 17th century.
    Great to see all these things in one place. Well done.

  3. Amazing artifacts! It helps to bring the period to life looking at the personal items of a Queen such as Elizabeth I. Another great article!

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