Victorian English 9kt Hidden Compartment Poison Ring
A very unique ring from the Victorian (ca1870) era! This English piece is made of 9kt gold and has a lovely and feminine design. At the center is an oval-shaped seal with an etched floral motif. A hidden detail can be found underneath the oval centerpiece, which is hinged at the side and flips open. Often referred to as a "poison ring" or "locket ring," the hidden compartment could be used to store a small item or photograph inside. The disguised compartment feature of the ring is not immediately evident due to its seamless design, making it a subtle and secretive keepsake piece! The shoulders of the ring are engraved with a flowing swirled motif, adding a soft and delicate touch. Stamped inside the shank are several English hallmarks, including "9," "375," and an anchor, (indicating that the piece was assayed in Birmingham) the letter "V" (indicating that it was hallmarked in the year 1870) and the initials "F.W." A very special Victorian piece, it looks simply wonderful when worn and is a must for any collector!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6.25, but could be re-sized up or down. The oval centerpiece that contains the hidden compartment measures 3/8" tall slightly more than 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the hinged compartment feature. The top wiggles slightly when opened, but is securely attached at the hinge. It opens properly and stays very securely closed when snapped shut.