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Ref GS1 Memento Mori Skull Ring
A superior and substantial example of a memento mori skull ring, dated 1701. The high carat gold hoop is decorated in black enamel with a skull motif [with teeth] amidst thistles and thistle flowers. In mourning iconography the thistle symbolised earthly sorrow and the crown of thorns. To interior the details of the deceased :
R.L. Obt. 17 Sept. 1701 aeta 62,
followed by a cross symbol. The ring is size S and 1/4 [US 9 and 1/2] and the hoop is 1/8 of an inch wide. In completely original and extremely fine condition, with original enamel intact. For parallel examples see the British Museum and V & A Museum jewellery collections.
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