The pomander, used to ward off disease. It was believed that odours caused sickness. They were beautifully decorated with gem stones, inscriptions and engravings, all believed to be protective. "She (Mary Stuart) went to her death wearing a chain of pomander beads from which hung an Agnus Dei."
Pomander shaped as an apple, of silver, silver gilt, and niello. Inscriptions run around the edge of each section relating to the Judgement of Paris, the interior and exterior decoration of scrolling foliage and geometric patterns.