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Substantial high carat gold memento mori hoop, dated 1729. This type of mourning ring is known as a skeletal, as a full skeleton in black enamel encircles the outer hoop, along with other emblems of mortality, an hourglass, a gravedigger's pick and shovel and crossed bones. Such ornamentation echoes that used on the title pages of funeral sermons during the 18th century. Unusually, the ring is inscribed to interior with the details of two deaths within five days of each other, presumably a husband and wife
: T S J Obt 5th & 10th Jan 1729 Aet 60 & 68.
The ring is size O and 1/2 [US 7 and 1/4] and the band is 1/4 of an inch wide.
There is slight enamel loss but the ring remains in fine and wearable condition. For parallel examples see Plate 288 in Scarisbrick's
and the British Museum, Ashmolean Museum and V & A Museum ring collections.
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