An impressively large and particularly interesting Georgian mourning ring engraved inside to memorialize the death of an esquired gentleman in 1815.
Dating to the Regency era this glorious ring is rendered in 14-15K rose gold and it features a locket compartment front containing woven blonde hair behind thick glass.
The ring has a split shank at each side of the hair panel and is mounted all the way around with rose cut black pastes (Vauxhall glass) in fluted settings. Vauxhall glassworks was a plate glass factory off what is now the Albert Embankment in the Vauxhall area of Lambeth, London.
The ring is beautifully engraved with 'Stephen Willcock Esq., Ob 11 Feb 1815 aet 49. In the United Kingdom the term esquire was a title of respect accorded to men of high social rank, particularly members of the landed gentry, those above the rank of gentleman and below the rank of knight. Upon his death Mr Willcock was buried in the church cemetery at St Marys, Bideford, Devonshire where his gravestone can still be seen today.
A superb antique mourning ring, in a large size.
MATERIALS: 14-15 carat rose gold, electronically and acid tested.
GEMSTONES: Black pastes (Vauxhall glass), 40 rose cut round at approx. 0.20 carat each
SIZE: 9-1/4 (US), S (UK), O (EU). This ring cannot be resized.
MEASUREMENTS: Face measures 15x14mm with the hair panel 9 x 7mm, shoulders 10mm wide, band 4mm.
WEIGHT: 7.4 grams.
ORIGIN/DATE: English, 1815, Georgian Regency
CONDITION: In fine antique condition belying age with no missing or replaced stones. One of the stones on the face has a very small surface chip, it is barely noticeable and the stone is secure in the setting. The hair is still tightly braided with no cracks or chips to the crystal. Please note the antique ring box is for display only.