English 19th Century Men’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring

(Great Britain, 19th Century)

English 19th Century Men’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring
164 Windy Row
Peterborough, NH, 03458
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English 19th Century Men’s 18ct Gold Enamel Mourning Ring

An English mourning ring made in the 19th century during the Georgian era of 18ct gold and enamel. The flat band section has one thick and two thin bands of black enamel and hatched gold work around the edges. The central black enamel band bears the inscription: EDMUND ESTCOURT ESQ OB14 NOV 1814 AN ET 62. There are four hallmarks: makers mark: JG, duty mark: 1786 - 1821 King George III, city mark: lion, and date letter: T Ring size: Men’s 10 ½, this ring cannot be re-sized due to the inscription. Weighs: 5.9 grams

SIZE: 10½

Origin Great Britain
Category Rings
Period 19th Century
Style Georgian

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"Mourning jewelry predates the Victorian era, it’s been around for centuries, but it was a style of jewelry that is most closely associated with the Victorians due to their constant awareness of the fragility of life and the strict protocol that they had to follow when in mourning for a loved one. Upon a person’s death, it’s always been traditional in Western society to wear black during a funeral. It was also traditional for a period after the funeral, to continue wearing black to indicate that you were in mourning for a close friend or relative who had recently died. Victorian morals dictated that it was disrespectful to wear glitzy, flashy jewelry when you were in mourning. Pieces such as diamond earrings and pearl necklaces, solid gold pocket watch-chains and sapphire rings were to be worn for celebratory purposes such as weddings and anniversaries. It was to fill in this empty hole in the jewelry market that mourning-jewelry was created. "