Lucky us and possibly lucky you! Three Georgian Period, black enamel and 18 ct gold mourning rings have come in from a Massachusetts estate just outside of Boston. All have been in the same family since they were originally gifted.
We love these Georgian mourning rings for so many reasons. While they are in fact mourning rings, they are really sentimental or love tokens. Rings were provided via one's estate. The ring or rings were to be given to those close to the departed, so that they might be able to have a token to keep their loved one close to them always.
There are few special things to note about this ring. The first is its condition. It doesn't happen very often, but this one is in near mint considering its age. Sometimes a mourning ring might be put away in a drawer and never worn or worn only for special occasions.
The second is, its design. It is a beautiful example of a Georgian Period (George IV to be precise) 18ct gold and black enamel mourning ring. Delicate gold reeded bands are on either side of the black enamelled center. The gold lettering on the outside reads: "In Memory Of" . The inside hand engraved inscription reads: Geo (George) Ranking Ob 12 Jan 1825.
It is fully hallmarked. This is not rare, just less common for this time period.
Dimensions & Details: Mourning Ring
- The ring is black enamel over 18 ct gold.
- The ring is a U.S. size 6 leading edge and a UK size L 1/2.
- Due to the pattern and enamel this ring cannot be sized. If you have any questions on size, please contact us for assistance.
Period & Hallmarks
- Georgian. Hallmarked for 18 ct gold, London, Date Mark "i" for1824, Duty Mark.
- Maker's mark: I.S.
- The ring is in excellent condition, near mint.
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