A wonderful Stuart crystal style gents 18ct gold mourning ring set with black rose cut paste stones and a central compartment containing a weave of dark blonde hair.
The ring is engraved with a memorial inscription on the inside which reads " Stephen Willcock Esq., Ob 11 Feb 1815 aet 49". Esquire is an old fashioned 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.
The ring is solidly constructed with the stones set in a closed back setting. It has a split shank at each side of the hair panel with the stones set all the way around the band. The woven hair is enclosed behind a thick rock crystal panel. The black paste stones are popularly known as Vauxhall glass after an old glassworks situated in London. Vauxhall glass jewellery was very fashionable in 18th and 19th century England and it was very expensive!
Interestingly upon his death Mr Willcock was buried in the church cemetery at St Marys, Bideford, Devonshire where his gravestone can still be seen today.
MATERIALS: 18 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), the ring cannot be resized due to the gem set band
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 very, very good antique condition 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. An exceptional mourning ring with an interesting background.
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