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Ref TS8 Lord of the Manor of Spixworth
Fine quality mourning ring for Frances Longe, Lord of the Manor of Spixworth, dated 1735. The bone-shaped high carat gold hoop is inscribed in gold lettering on a black enamel ground :
Fran : Longe Esqr. Ob. 10th Oct 1735 aet 46
. [Frances Longe Esquire, died 10th October 1735, aged 46.] The head of the ring is set with three table-cut diamonds in foiled silver settings and the reverse of the ring is rayed. Frances Longe was Lord of the Manor of Spixworth in Norfolk. He died at the age of 46, leaving behind a young family and his son inherited his title at the age of nine. The ring is size I [US 4 and 1/4] and the diamond-set head measures 1/2 an inch by 1/8 of an inch. It is very fine and wearable condition. Interestingly, these bone-shaped ring hoops only seem to appear on mourning rings from the 1720's and 1730's.
The former Spixworth Hall, Norfolk, the seat of the Longe family from 1693 to 1952.
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