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This stag (hart) reaches back into the mists of the Middle Ages, being the symbol of Richard II.
Also, the incarnation of the Elizabethan ghost, Herne the Hunter.
An antiqued English pewter stag’s skull with a rose garland about its horns, the centre one being of black resin
On split trace chain 18″ (46cm) in overall length plus a 1 ½” extender chain.
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The white hart is the heraldic badge of Richard II who reigned from 1377 t0 1399. It is famously depicted on the Wilton Diptych in the National Gallery, London.
"This small, portable altarpiece is one of a handful of English panel paintings to have survived from the Middle Ages. Made for Richard II, King of England from 1377 to 1399, in the last five years of his life, it combines religious and secular imagery to embody his personal conception of kingship.
On the inside the King is presented to the Virgin and Christ Child by Edmund and Edward the Confessor, England’s patron saints, and his personal patron, John the Baptist. Richard holds out his hands to give or receive the standard with the red and white cross, the arms of Saint George. Christ raises his hand to bless the standard and with it, Richard’s rule.
Richard’s emblem of a white hart, or stag, is shown on the outside, and as badges worn by the host of angels. The King adopted this symbol from his mother, but it also acted as a visual pun on his name (Richart in French)."
Herne the Hunter is a ghost haunting Windsor Forest. He is said to have antlers upon his head, ride a horse, torment cattle, and rattle chains. This legend was first mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Merry Wives of Windsor'.
Factual History, Heraldic