Georgian natural pearl and enamel swivel mourning ring, inscribed 1817


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Here’s a fine example of a late Georgian mourning swivel ring with a hair locket.

An inscription on the inside band reads: “Samuel Weston 16 Sept 1817 aet 64.”

Mr Weston would have left money in his will to have rings made to commemorate his memory, much in the way that we might leave something highly personal to a loved one today.

In this case the bequest went to a son or daughter, as we can tell from the enamel face. (Yes, a man may well have worn this 200 years ago.)

This is an early example of the floral motifs of the romantic movement taking over from the severe classicism of the late 18th century.

Like most movements in their early incarnation, the craftsmanship is superb. The band is wonderfully worked with deep, crisp floral motifs in 18-carat gold.

Interestingly, the two “O” letters appear never to have been enamelled.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Set with 10 lustrous natural pearls
• Size approximately 9 or R 1/2 – this ring cannot be resized
• Face of ring is 1.3cm long
• Weight is 8 grams
• In excellent antique condition: there is evidence of previous resizing at the back, a minor graze to the enamel at two o’clock, and slight rubbing to the word “FATHER”
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: some of the other jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold). Please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

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