This section comprises the power insignia of the kings of Portugal. Such objects played a crucial role in the advent ceremony of each new monarch, which in Portugal was called acclamation or elevation, since kings were neither crowned nor consecrated or anointed.
The Portuguese insignia were in keeping with what was usual in other European monarchies, with a central set of symbolic objects such as the crown, sceptre, mantle, estoc, complemented by other objects linked directly to certain parts of the ritual, such as the standard, throne, missal, crucifix, cushion, writing table.
The honorary orders displayed on such occasions were specifically Portuguese: the medieval religious and military orders (Christ, Santiago, Aviz) were joined by the modern orders of Our Lady of the Conception and of the Tower and Sword.
Collar of the Military Order of the Tower and Sword
Portugal, ca. 1825 and 1940-1950 António Gomes da Silva (act. 1798 - ca. 1842) and José Rosas Júnior (1885-1958) Brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds, emeralds, gold, silver
At the time of death of D. João VI in 1826, this collar was incomplete and only some of its elements existed, which remained in the Crown's jewels. It was finalised in the restoration that was carried out in the 1940s.