Antique: Unusual Georgian Mourning Ring in 18 ct Gold and Black Enamel (Hallmarked 1822)
We love these Georgian mourning rings for two reasons. First the look of the wide gold and black enamel ring and the beautiful contrast it creates. Secondly, 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 three special things to note about this ring. The first is its condition. It doesn't happen very often, especially considering its age (c. 1822), but this ring is in nearly mint condition. Sometimes a mourning ring might be put away in a drawer and never worn or worn only for special occasions.
The second is, it's design. It is a beautiful example of a George IV 18ct gold and black enamel mourning ring. On the outside is it reads: J. Cooke S.T.P. PRAES C. C. C. OXON and does not have the date of death or "In Memory Of," on the outside. The inside reads: Ob 3 Feb AD 1823 AE Suae 89. The ribbed gold banding on the top and bottom is a lovely detail and is unusual. Exquisite!
Lastly, 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 8 and a UK size P/ P 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, 1822.
- Maker's mark: J G.
- The ring is in very good, near mint condition. It is very hard to find these ring without damage to the enamel.
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