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 Ref  LB1   Lord Byron Memorial Ring

Memorial ring for the Romantic poet Lord George Gordon Byron, [1788 -1824], of 18 carat gold, enamelled on the outer hoop : In Memory Of and with a central enamel plaque of coronet in colours surmounting the name Byron. To interior, a full set of hallmarks for 1824, maker's mark for Charles Rawlings and the details of Byron's death : Died 19th April 1824 at 36, and a locket compartment containing a fragment of hair. The ring is size M [US 6] and the band is 1/3 of an inch wide. Memorial rings for Byron are exceptionally rare. Only one other example is publicly known, in the Pforzheimer collection, New York Public Library. No other examples are recorded in jewellery historians' literature, sales archives or in the comprehensive inventories of jewellery held by major museums.

 The 'cult' of Byron is said to have begun with the publication of his epic Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in 1812. Fashionable London was enamoured with the controversial young poet and ladies reputedly swooned in his presence. His scandalous affair with Lady Caroline Lamb, and his even more scandalous divorce from Annabella Milbanke added to his notoriety and allure. When Bryon died at Messolonghi, Greece in April 1824, the public reaction in England was one of shock and disbelief.  Tennyson, on hearing the news of Byron's death said, 'A day when the whole world seemed to be in darkness for me'. Byron was repatriated to England and crowds queued to view his body as he lay in state for two days. The Dean of Westminster Abbey refused to allow Byron's burial in Poets' Corner on the grounds of his questionable morality, and  he was finally interred in the Byron family vault in the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire in July 1824. In 1969, 145 years after Byron's death, a memorial stone honouring him was placed in Westminster Abbey.

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Memorial plaque for Byron erected by his half-sister Augusta in
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