A. Brandt + Son

Victorian English 18kt Enamel & Woven Hair Mourning Ring

SKU: 39217

This rare English mourning ring from the Victorian era (ca1866) is quite an unusual piece! Crafted in 18kt gold, the ring is richly detailed, and serves as a fine example of the mourning jewelry tradition. A signet-style plaque rests at the center, which forms a seal with the raised image of overlapping letters. Covering the surface of the shank is an exposed band of finely woven hair, the keepsake of a lost loved one. Framing the woven hair are bands of gold on either side, forming a channel setting with textured repousse detail. A full commemorative inscription with date of death can be found inside the shank, which reads: "M.H.C. Mourant, Died 6th 1866." An exceptional antique mourning ring, it is rich in history and would be perfect for the serious Victorian collector!

Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6. Due to the unique design of the band, the ring can not be resized. The gold signet at the center measures 3/8" wide and tall. The band measures 7mm wide.

Condition: The ring is in excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The woven band of hair remains intact, and is very well preserved.
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