Antique: Georgian Mourning Ring in Black Enamel Over 18 ct Gold (Hallmarked)
It's hard to find and still harder to resist these Georgian rings in black enamel with lavish gold borders. We are always on the hunt for ones in good condition. This pretty and nearly pristine example is an English mourning ring in 18 ct from the Georgian period (George IV). It is hallmarked for London, 1824.
What separates this mourning ring from others that may look similar, is the quality: finely and deeply carved swirling foliage (acanthus leaves) and the crispness of the Gothic script and decorative details.
While many pieces from this period are not hallmarked, it is always nice to have that extra bit of certainty when dating a piece. There is also a lovely period hand engraved inscription on the inside of the band (see details below). Lastly it is good condition with little wear to the black enamel (minor surface scratching, no significant loss to the enamel), a small but pleasing miracle after 190 years.
Dimensions & Details
- The ring is enamel and 18 ct gold.
- Exterior: In Memory Of
- Interior engraved inscription: Lettice Ashley Ob May 18, 1925, AE 79
- Ring size is US 6 1/4 to 6 1/2 UK M to M 1/2. It cannot be sized due to the intricacy of the enamel work and gold border.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian (George IV).
- Hallmarks: London, 18 Ct gold, 1824 and maker's mark: WK.
- The ring is in excellent antique condition. Very minor surface wear that is hard to find with magnification.
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