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Jewellery

Until the early 15th century, the representation of jewellery on brasses was unusual and probably was shown on the express instructions of the person ordering the brass, but later it was seen more often. Perhaps the most famous example is the swan brooch worn by Joan Peryent; a gold enamel jewel of exactly this form was found at Dunstable in 1966. The low necklines on late 15th century costume provided an opportunity for the display of necklaces. The simplest are plain necklaces with pendant crosses, as worn by Ann St Leger, but a wide necklace with a lozenge-shaped pendant is shown at Enfield. Isabel Cheyne wears a necklace with large pendant drops, while Lady Elizabeth Say has an elaborate wide necklace. Early 16th century ladies are often shown wearing elaborate girdles, as at Assington and Herne.

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Lady Lora de St Quintin, 1397, Brandesburton, Yorkshire


Joan Peryent, 1415, Digswell, Hertfordshire


Lady Joan Tiptoft, c 1470, Enfield, Middlesex


Ann St. Leger, 1470, Ulcombe, Kent


Lady Elizabeth Say, 1475, Broxbourne, Herts


Isabel Cheyne, 1485, Blickling, Norfolk


Letitia Taylboys, 1506, Assington, Suffolk


Elizabeth Fyneux, 1539, Herne, Kent







Lady Lora de St Quintin



Lady Lora de St Quintin, 1397,

Brandesburton, Yorkshire







Joan Peryent



Joan Peryent, 1415, 

Digswell, Hertfordshire







Lady Joan Tiptoft



Lady Joan Tiptoft, c 1470,

Enfield, Middlesex







Ann St. Leger



Ann St. Leger, 1470,

Ulcombe, Kent







Lady Elizabeth Say



Lady Elizabeth Say, 1475,

Broxbourne, Herts







Isabel Cheyne



Isabel Cheyne, 1485,

Blickling, Norfolk







Letitia Talyboys



Letitia Taylboys, 1506,

Assington, Suffolk







Elizabeth Fyneux



Elizabeth Fyneux, 1539,

Herne, Kent










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