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DATED 1848 In MEMORY Of Wide Cigar Band Ring 18k Gold Mourning Unique Early Victorian

DATED 1848 In MEMORY Of Wide Cigar Band Ring 18k Gold Mourning Unique Early Victorian

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This is a personal collection release. I love stackable bands and this one has such ornate engravings that it really spoke to me. With the touching text "In Memory Of" written all around the shank. This used to have black enamel in the recesses but most of that is gone now so it appears mostly gold which I liked. Beautiful buttery glow, it really shimmers exceptionally, the thick gold with wonderful detail and very sturdy hand feel.

As an added bonus, the piece is engraved inside: "Mary Ann Veet Ob Jan 13 1848 Aet 21"
(OB using abbreviations of the Latin 'obiit', meaning 'died', and AET for 'ætat', meaning 'aged' 21)

Full hallmarks for 18k gold, London with 1846 date stamp, so the ring was made prior to the engraving.

Antique box is not included. Please note the measurements as I have small fingers and it can be difficult to determine scale from pictures.

Size 6, the ring is 6.7mm north to south. It weighs 3.6 grams.


All my pieces are preowned and in estate condition. Some small specks of black enamel remain here and there. Text is still legible but also more subtle amidst the ornate engravings which I found uncommon and really love. There are punctures above the "Of" and above the first M in memory. I thought it was black enamel originally but there is vacant space there, which probably occurred when the enamel was lost. The inside edges of the shank are beveled, perhaps for comfort? This is how it was made. There is a crease along it in one spot. Still very sturdy, perfectly shaped and absolutely wearable. Interesting one to wear and stack, how it glows and shimmers with the ornate engraving detail.

But as with all my estate pieces - Please note this is not a mint condition item.

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