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1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (on white background)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (side view)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (backside)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (detail)
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1772 Georgian Mourning Ring

1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (on white background)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (side view)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (backside)
1772 Georgian Mourning Ring (detail)
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One of the most pristine and interesting 18th century mourning rings we've found. The image— a pyramidal tomb surrounded by cypress trees in the same shape— is unusual. Scenes of weeping classical figures and urns under willows are much more common. The design here is unusually austere, and based more strictly on ancient symbolism.The image is composed of sepia ink, as well as tiny bits of hair that make up the cypress branches. White enamel-work around the shank reads “Sarah Smith OB: 17 Nov 1772 AE 23,” shorthand for her date of death, and her age. White enamel was usually reserved for pieces meant to mourn the death of a child. This was likely Sarah’s mother’s ring.

Materials

Sepia Ink and Hair under Crystal, 18K Gold and White Enamel

Date

1772

Condition

Good. Losses to enamel work on band. Sepia image is in excellent condition but three tiny dead insect bodies are visible under the crystal. They are very difficult to see without magnifcation.

Size

US Size 6-3/4 (cannot be resized)
Face: 16 x 14.5mm