This antique enameled ring from the Georgian period (George III, 1802) is still beautiful even after 200+ years.
A fine example of a sentimental mourning ring in 18 ct gold, the central black enamel banding is bordered by two thin white enamel bands. It commemorates the life and death of Isaac Solly, Esquire. Wear it on its own or create a stack. Consider mixing it with other gold, black, and/or diamond bands.
During the Georgian period, it was the custom among wealthier individuals to include a provision for mourning rings in one's will. Created by the family's jeweler, they were gifted to loved ones and friends. While they are called mourning rings, they are considered to be a form of sentimental jewelry (less about death and more about remembrance).
It is thought that this ring commemorates Isaac Solly, father to the Isaac Solly who later purchased Leyton House from the estate of John Story.
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Dimensions & Details
- The ring is 18 ct gold decorated with black and white enamel. It reads as follows: Isaac Solly Esq. Died 4 Feb 1802 Aged 77.
- It is 6.93 mm in height.
- The ring is a US size 7 and UK size N 1/2. It cannot be sized up or down without impacting the enamel work.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian (George III).
- Some of the hallmarks are a rubbed and hard to see, makers mark HA.
- The ring is in good antique condition of light wear and with minimal surface scratches. Minor wear to the enamel, not visible by eye alone (visible under magnification). There is a very small area of restoration to the black enamel around the first name.