Sunday, 31 May 2015

Baron's Coronet

A baron's coronet is a silver-gilt circlet with six large silver balls (known as pearls) around it.

It has a crimson cap (lined ermine) in real life and a purple one in heraldic representation.

There is a gold-threaded tassel on top.

The six pearls distinguish the coronet of a baron (the lowest degree) from the four other ranks of the peerage.

Like all coronets, it is customarily worn at coronations, though a baron is entitled to bear his coronet of rank on his armorial bearings, above the shield.

A smaller version, shown above, as worn by baronesses at coronations, sits on top of the head, rather than around it. 

First published in May, 2010.

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