Georgian Memorial Enamel Hair Ring
During the course of the existence of humankind acknowledging let alone memorializing the loss of a loved one has taken on a multitude of different expressions. Whether the display of a life-size effigy, a headstone marking the event or even a tattoo of that individual, we as human beings wish to be reminded of those we have loved.
The Georgian era practiced a tradition of memorial jewelry which incorporated not only information regarding the person, such as date and age at passing but frequently included a snippet of hair. Here this example is of a 14 to 15k rose gold ring. Simple in its rendering, plain bands with this “austere” design of black and white enameling are fairly typical for the time frame. Under a curved glass compartment is a locket of braided brown hair.
Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) at the widest and 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) at the back. Weight of 3.1 grams (2.0 dwt).
Ring Size: US 7-1/4 (UK just under an O; Euro 17.5; 55 mm). Let our expert jewelers size this for you. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: Inscribed to the interior in italicized script is "I Bancroft and another illegible word, Ob 28 Dec 1799, Ae 35". Translated Meaning I. Bancroft passed over on the 28th of December 1799 at 35.
Condition: Very good; general overall wear, a tiny amount of enamel loss (see photos); light scratches to the reverse at the back; the hair has some dust fraying inside the locket.
Date & Origin: Circa 1799 and is English in origin.
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