SOLD: Victorian optical illusion ‘magic’ ring, hallmarked Chester 1897


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I’m a fan of weighty handcrafted English gold rings from about 1900, fashioned in an enormous variety of plaits, knots and buckles.

This lovely example is fully hallmarked for 18-carat gold Chester 1897 – it’s always interesting to know exactly when something was made.

The crisp hallmarks are an indication of the overall condition.

It also holds a visual trick – when slowly rotated the edges appear to widen then narrow.

This optical illusion was well known to Victorians, and rings and bangles like this were sometimes marketed as “magic”.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold
• Approximately 7 1/2 or O 1/2, but easily resized free of charge
• Face of ring is 5.9mm wide
• Weight is 4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• 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

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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