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Miniature Whistle Pendant and Anne Boleyn
By family tradition, Henry VIII’s first gift to Anne Boleyn was a gold and enamel pendant in the form of a pistol, chased with scrolling foliage. A snake is entwined around the barrel and it contains a set of tooth and ear picks, with spear, scythe and spatula shaped blades. The whistles were designed like pieces of jewellery and used to summon servants and hounds.
This is a purportedly a piece of material from a gown worn by Queen Katherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife. In 1792, some 244 years after Katherine's death, a man by the name of John Locust discovered her coffin and opened it, finding the body in such good condition that he claimed the flesh was 'still moist'. He took a lock of her hair and a cutting from her gown and closed up the coffin again.
Hatfield House, Old Palace. Henry VIII's children Edward and Elizabeth spent their youth at Hatfield Palace. The Queen Elizabeth Oak on the grounds of the estate is said to be the location where Elizabeth was told she was Queen following Mary's death. In November 1558, Elizabeth held her first Council of State in the Great Hall.