Selection of items from the Cheapside Hoard. The Cheapside Hoard was uncovered by workmen during demolition work at 30-32 Cheapside in 1912.
Gold scent bottle enamelled white and set with opaline chalcedony plaques, rubies, spinels and diamonds, with a gold suspension chain. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. This richly decorated bottle was designed to contain perfume made from flower distillations
This major new exhibition at the superb Museum of London showcases one of the most remarkable finds in London's long history. The Cheapside Hoard – discovered in a cellar only a few hundred metres from the museum itself in 1912 – is a priceless cache of some 500 late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century jewels and gemstones.
Who owned the Hoard? Why and when was it hidden? Why was it never reclaimed? The museum will try to solve these longstanding mysteries using cutting-edge research, using the precious artefacts as a jumping-off point for an exploration of Elizabethan and Jacobean London, demonstrating how the city became a centre of craftsmanship from both Old and New Worlds, and the effects of the cataclysm that was the English Civil War.