Antique Georgian Pearl and Garnet Memorial Ring, Inscribed 1819

In England in 1819, the life expectancy of a man was about 42 years. At the time when this ring was made to commemorate his death, Samuel Cousens had lived to the ripe old age of 49. I always thank my lucky stars that I was born into a time of running water and hot showers, of refrigerators and comfortable beds; but I guess I might think of adding longevity to my list! 

It’s getting harder and harder to find great early pieces like this one, so I just had to have it when I ran across it in a case on Portobello Road. This is ring that hasn’t been really worn, and so it’s condition is quite pristine. It is set with 8 flat cut garnets of a lovely bright red color and 16 creamy white pearls. The center features a plat of the deceased's hair under a hand cut slice of rock crystal. This ring is beautifully repousséd all the way around the band and is most certainly hollow, it would not be possible to re-size it. It is a size 10, and was either made for a large lady or a man, or possibly to be worn over a glove. The ring is inscribed on the back of the top with ‘Sam l Cousens, Ob 20 Sepr, 1819. Obt 49’. It tests as 15 karat gold. The face of this ring measures 12.4 mm north to south and 13.8 mm across and it narrows to 2.7 mm at the back of the band. This ring weighs 5.5 grams. 

This completely and masterfully hand crafted ring was made in England around 1819. 

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