Amulet, hand of King Edward

1914-1918 in England

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From left to right: A79870, Amulet, King Edward's hand, metal, gilt, supposedly worn by man of a London regiment, from
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Amulet, King Edward's hand, metal, gilt, supposedly worn by man of a London regiment, from Lovett collection, English, 1914-1918

The amulet on the left hand side is said to represent King Edward’s hand. This may refer to one of several kings of England who were skilled soldiers. The amulet is thought to have been carried by a British soldier fighting during the First World War. Amulets of all shapes and forms were and still are considered by some people to provide good luck and protection against illness and danger.

The amulet was part of the collection of Edward Lovett (1852-1933), a researcher and collector of folk traditions, and was bought by Henry Wellcome in 1930. It is shown here with two other First World War amulets (A79871 and A79904).

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Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
Loan, Wellcome Trust (Lovett Collection)

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