Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Real Jewel of Alfred The Great
An elaborate gold ornament was found in 1693 with an inscription stating: "Alfred ordered me to be made". Now just imagine what it would be like to be able to order a "gold" ornament consisting of an enameled plague with your figure in the middle, and your "order" written on the side. It has become known as "The Alfred Jewel". It measures about 2 and 1/2 inches, with a sketch of it shown above. It must have been special to Alfred since it was found near Athelney, Somerset where Alfred took refuge from the Danes in 878 AD.
The sketch of this jewel as drawn above is found on the cover of the book published in 1873 and entered according to "Act of Congress" by Leypoldt, Holt & Williams, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress. The title page from the book is shown below.