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Ref ER3  The Dutchess of Kent

A charming and rare mourning ring for Jemima, Duchess of Kent, dated 1728. The shank is inscribed in gold lettering on a black enamel ground : Jemima Dutchess of Kent Ob. 27 July 1728 Ae. 35. The head of the ring is set with a central faceted rock crystal compartment containing fine strands of hair, flanked by diamonds in closed back silver settings, with reeded gold ring reverse. The spelling of 'Duchess' as 'Dutchess' reflects the non-standardised spelling used prior to the publication of Samuel Johnson's dictionary in 1755. The ring is size I [US 4 and 1/4] and is in its original 18th century ring case. A fine quality mourning ring in immaculate and completely original condition.

Jemima Grey, Duchess of Kent
, formerly Jemima Crewe [1675 –1728], was the first wife of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent. Before her death at the age of 35 she bore 11 children. Tragically, nine of her children did not outlive their father. As a result of her husband's acquisition of titles, Jemima became Countess of Kent and Baroness Lucas of Crudwell in 1702, Marchioness of Kent, Countess of Harold and Viscountess Goderich in 1706, and Duchess of Kent in 1710. Jemima died on 27th July 1728 and was interred in the de Grey Mausoleum at Flitton church. The eulogy on her marble memorial reads: "She was a most Excellent lady in all conditions of Life, an Obedient Daughter, a Virtuous & Affectionate Wife, a kind and tender Mother, exceedingly good to all about her, Sincere and Constant in her Friendships, Charitable and Benificent to all who needed her Assistance (especially those of this Parish) and of true and unaffected Piety towards God. She died July 27 1728 Lamented by all who knew her and was buried in this Vault made by her most loving Husband, who designing to be Deposited by her, Erected this Monument in memory of so deserving a Wife".

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Portrait of Jemima Crewe, later Duchess of Kent by John Riley


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Sephulchral monument to Jemima, Duchess of Kent

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