The crown was executed around 1586 for funeral ceremonies to Stephen Báthory of Poland and was bequeathed to the State Treasury of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth at the end of the 16th century. It was described in an inventory from the early seventeenth century as silver gilded funeral crown with an orb and sceptrum and an inscription of King Stephen. The crown was intended for funeral ceremonies of the Polish monarchs and was placed on the corpse of the deceased, laying in the so-called Castrum doloris. When the last of the Jagiellons, Sigismund II Augustus, died in Knyszyn and transport of the Crown Jewels from the treasury in Kraków to Podlaskie was impossible, the so-called Hungarian Crown was used as an exequial crown instead.
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