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Ref  NT4  Louis XVIII Fidelity Ring

A rare French ring of royal fidelity, circa 1820. The 18 carat gold hoop has a central opening locket compartment. Within the locket compartment is a watercolour portrait of King Louis XVIII under crystal. The lid of the locket compartment is inscribed around crossed swords : Vive Le Roi Quand ME ME [Long live the King]. The shank is inscribed : Ma vie au Roi, Mon coeur aux dames, Adieu mon amie - My life to the King, my heart to the ladies, goodbye my friend. The sides of the locket compartent are inscribed : Ghent April 20 [1815]. Inside the shank are initials in a heart : L.M.T.P.A.F. for members of the Royal family, L. (Louis XVIII), M.T. (Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême), P. (Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans), A. (Antoine, Duke of Angoulême), and F. (Ferdinand, Duke of Berry). In February 1815 Napoleon marched on Paris and King Louis fled to Ghent. The royal army officers who followed the king to Belgium subsequently received a patent from the Duc de Berry stating that they had loyally served their king and were given a ring such as this as testament of their fidelity. Few examples are known to exist. The ring is size S and 1/2 [US 9 and 3/8] and the band is 1/3 of an inch wide. A fascinating piece of history.

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