The Sceptre with the Dove
The Sceptre with the Dove is a rod of gold measuring three feet seven inches in length. From the top of the mound rises a golden cross with a white enamelled dove; the eyes, beak, and feet are of gold.
In addition to other decoration, the centre of the sceptre has a band of enamels and gems, and gold openwork with coloured gems, enamels, and diamonds. The dove is typical of the Holy Ghost, who was considered especially to control the actions of Kings, and for this reason a sceptre with the dove has been constantly used by Kings from a very remote period. This sceptre is borne in the left hand of the Sovereign at the Coronation.
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