Monday, 18 May 2015
A viscount's coronet is a silver-gilt circlet with sixteen silver balls (known as pearls) around it.
The coronet itself is chased and embossed as if in the form of jewels (like a royal crown) with alternating oval and square jewel-shaped bosses, but is not actually jewelled.
It has a crimson velvet cap with lined ermine trim (the cap being purple in heraldic representation).
It has a gold-threaded tassel on top.
The sixteen pearls are what distinguishes the coronet of a viscount from other degrees of the Peerage.
Like all heraldic coronets, it is mostly worn at the coronation of a Sovereign, but a viscount has the right to bear his coronet of rank on his coat-of-arms, above the shield.
It is the fourth degree of nobility, next in rank above a baron and below an earl.
The coronet on display is a King George V silver-gilt viscount's coronet, London 1911, maker's mark W&B Approx. 16 troy oz.
First published in June, 2011.