Watching Victoria, Poldark or Downton Abbey might make you think that living in the Victorian era would be glamorous. It may make you want to wander the streets of London in corsets and layered dresses amidst horse drawn carriages, to attend soirees and full out balls. However, quite apart from the crime and deprivation of the time, the diseases of this period would often wipe out whole families and even villages. I have little doubt that it was something like Typhoid or Cholera which took out the two ladies listed on this sweet and touching memorial ring.
Hand crafted in about 1868, this fantastic memorial ring is set with an oval of smooth cut Sardonyx and is wrapped in finely woven hair around the band. This wide band is fully engraved on the outside and on the inside is engraved with the inscription “Hannah Crichton died 9th Novr 1868” and “Agnes Nichol Crichton died 16th Novr 1868”. This ring is a size 8.25 US and cannot be resized. This wonderful, wide band ring measures 14.2 mm north to south at the face and 12.9 mm across, it is 9.8 mm at the back of the band. This ring is not hallmarked but does bear a makers mark of ‘HC & Co’, it has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content of 15 karat gold. This ring weighs 6.7 grams.
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