The Crown: A Royal Representation

Royalty wear it!  Commoners covet it!  Artists marvel at its beauty!  Status and honor are derived from it and it is none other than the crown!  This head piece has been around for ages and has had quite an evolution.

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Back in the early days, English kings wore helmets with ornamental frames as crowns.  Another early version of the crown was comprised of a string of jewels that went around the head and tied in the back with a ribbon.  As time went on, nobility began to wear this type of helmet and a distinguishing head dress was needed to distinguish the king.  Thus, the king’s helmet was set apart by embellished ornaments that rose up from the rim.  In the 15th century, arches were also added.  Other developments came when heavy bejeweled crowns started causing problems when being transported.  To solve this issue, crowns began to be constructed in several parts hinged together with pins.  As a result, this process aided in a right fit to the head and ended the need for a new crown every time a new ruler came into power.

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In the 17th century, the shape of the crown shifted yet again.  As arches were made to stand on top of the surrounding ornaments, this created a depression in the center of the crown.  This depression was seen as representing imperial significance.

Circlet Crown:

Circlet Crown

One of the most popular crown styles worn by English monarchs was the circlet crown.  This is also the crown that commonly appears in fairy tales.  This crown style does not have arches or a cap (internal covering) and is made of fine metal, such as gold, and richly decorated with elaborate jewels.  The circlet was the primary coronation crown for English rulers until the Commonwealth of England when Oliver Cromwell did away with it.

Another popular type of crown is the coronet, which wad and still continues to be worn not just exclusively by monarchs.  The coronet is a small crown comprised of a metal ring with ornaments.  Like the circlet, it does not have arches and it encircles the entire head.  In addition to kings and queens, princes, princesses, noblemen, and noblewomen wore the coronet with their coat of arms to show their rank.

Coronet Crown:

Coronet Crown

The crown still thrives today and remains as prominent as it did back in ancient days.  It is possibly the most recognizable piece of headgear and is in no danger of vanishing any time soon!  To see our collection of crowns and other headdresses, visit: http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com/

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