IN MEMORY Of Love, Date 1817 Enamelled Mourning Ring
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Beautifully preserved in fabulous condition, this wistful Georgian mourning ring is over two hundred years old and exudes the most affecting feeling. A very special ring, a custom made piece which commemorates Anna Maria Clarke Marchioness of Ormonde whose home was Kilkenny Castle. Fully hallmarked for 18ct Gold at London in 1817 it has the full set of marks including the Monarch's (George III) head. Additionally there is a maker's mark [J.M.G] for John MacGregor, a prestigious Gold worker of 14 Charterhouse Street in London which was registered that year. A cut above similar 'off the peg; 'IN MEMORY OF' mourning rings which were bought from stock and could be engraved to personalise, the whole has been made to order. The band is skilfully enamelled in black using the Champlevé technique (in which the metal is carved away around the letters or design raised and then the background filled with enamel) and reads in a beautiful Gothic script; 'A.M.C. ORMONDE' and inside it is hand engraved 'Died 19 Dec 1817 Aged 27'
An expression of the esteem in which this lady was held and the station of her family, we don't know how it comes to be for sale but believe perhaps it has been held with items brought over t0 the UK from Ireland and sold from the Estate of the Castle. We believe it would perhaps have been worn briefly by her husband Walter (who died just a few years later in 1820) or even her father as it is a gent's size. The ring measures as a size 'U' or US '10' and cannot be altered. The band is just over a centimetre in width. It is in wonderful as new condition, a fabulous piece for a collector,