The octagonal crown fashioned from pure gold is studded with 144 precious stones and just as many pearls yet it is a priceless artifact for other reasons. The crown almost certainly once graced the head of the first German emperor Otto I more than 1,000 years ago. For hundreds of years it has been one of the most potent symbols of the Holy Roman Empire, the German kingdom which stretched across most of Central Europe.
A PAIR OF ROMAN GOLD EARRINGS SYRIA, CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D. Formed from a plain hoop tapering to a hook-and-loop closure, the lower portion decorated on one side with a band of granulation and a plain wire, joined below to granulated triangles with a hollow ball at each tip, framed on either side by a hollow ball
Detail of one of Tutankhamun's sandals showing the rich decoration which includes lilies, daisies and tiny gold duck heads peeping out on either side of the central flower. This sandal (21f) was found inside Tutankhamun's Painted Box (Box 21). Image: Burton photo. 267. Griffith Institute, University of Oxford. www.griffith.ox.ac.uk
Etui and almanac of 1790. étui of ivory, covered entirely with pique point, with plain gold edges shaped at the top to allow removal of almanac. Mounted on one side with a cameo of George III in an oval frame and on the other with a crown above a CR cypher.