Mourning rings really are a window into the past, and while they were made to celebrate the passing of a loved one, they should not be looked upon as being morbid, as this was just one of a handful of ways to remember someone dear to the them.
And here with this antique Georgian era mourning ring, we have something that is quite special and hard to find in rings of this era – the use of white enamel.
Most mourning rings were black to signify not only there passing but they were married, whereas white was exclusively used only for unmarried women as can be seen here with the enamel going all the way around the band.
Made in 18ct gold, the band has the white enamel in such a way that it spells out, “Sarah Poole OB 23 May 1782 AE 18“. The condition of the enamel is superb after 230 years.
On the top of the ring is a weeping willow tree over an urn – a typical of this era.
The top measures 16.4mm by 12.5mm and the ring itself is a size “N” and due to the enamel around the band can not be re-sized.
This is a very special antique Georgian era mourning ring in superb condition with so much history attached.