Royal mace

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The Royal Mace is carried before the Bailiff at the sittings of the Royal Court and meetings of the States. It was presented by King Charles II to the island on 28 November 1663 in gratitude for the hospitality he received on two visits during his years in exile.

The mace is one of the great maces of the 17th century. It consists of eleven pieces, made of silver gilt, is 4 ft 9½ inches long, weighs 237 ounces (14 lb 13 oz) and bears no hallmarks. Engraved on the foot is a Latin inscription, which translated reads-

Not all doth he deem worthy of such a reward. Charles II, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland, as a proof of his royal affection towards the Isle of Jersey (in which he has been twice received in safety when he was excluded from the remainder of his dominions) has willed that this Royal Mace should be consecrated to posterity and has ordered that hereafter it shall be carried before the Bailiffs, in perpetual remembrance of their fidelity not only to his august father Charles I but to His Majesty during the fury of the civil wars, when the Island was maintained by the illustrious Philip and George de Carteret, Knights, Bailiffs and Governors of the said Island

At the sittings of the Royal Court and meetings of the States, the Mace is placed standing upright in a socket in front of the Bailiff's desk.

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