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Lucknow

Crown circa 1875

Gold, enamel, velvet, cotton, silver-gilt thread, diamonds, pearls, emeralds | 16.8 x 32.0 cm | RCIN 11358

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This crown was commissioned for the Prince's visit. It is embroidered in silver-gilt thread with the lion and unicorn of the British royal arms behind the diamond and emerald jewelled ornament, shaped to resemble the Prince of Wales's emblem of three ostrich feathers. Lucknow was a popular centre for this type of silver-gilt embroidery, called zardozi.