Swift & Fisher was established around 1912 by Joseph H. Swift and Harry W. Fisher. They were known for making ecclesiastical goods and religious articles in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Harry Fisher came from a family of jewelry manufacturers, including his father, Clarence Fisher, and five uncles in the local area. Their business was eventually acquired by Alviti Creations, which is still in production today.
This is an engraved religious oil stock with a ring. It’s engraved with the letters “OI” which stands for the Latin “Oleum Infirmorum” or “oil of the sick”. An olive oil would have been used by the bishop of a diocese for use in the sacrament of anointing the sick. This sacrament gives grace for the state into which people enter through sickness, it forgives sins, renews confidence in faith, and strengthens the will against discouragement and despair.
This silver ecclesiastical ring was handcrafted in America around 1915. This piece measures 21.6 mm high and 22.7 mm in diameter, and it weighs 29.4 grams. The top of this ring unscrews, revealing a cloth and place for the anointing oil to be placed. The ring is a size 11.5. It bears the silver fineness mark, “STERLING” and the maker’s mark, “SF” with an arrow through the initials – which is the mark for Swift & Fisher.
Oil was a very integral part of people’s lives. It was used in cooking, for making sure lamps were lit, as a healing agent in medicines, for beauty, and for anointing guests and welcoming them into the home.
This piece is also engraved with the letters, “IHS”, which are the first few letters of “Jesus” or “ΙΗΣΟΥΣ”, in Greek. Later, these letters were mistaken as an abbreviation, eventually taken to mean, “Iesus Hominum Salvator” or “Jesus, Savior of Men”.
If there was an iconic English ring that was made during the last years of the Victorian and early years of the Edwardian era, it was this one. Graver set with three gems, variations on this theme included all diamonds, emeralds and diamonds, rubies and diamonds and of course sapphires and diamonds. They make excellent stacking rings, mix and match your colors, or wear all the same. They make excellent wedding bands, for men and ladies, you really can’t go wrong in any way with a ring like this one, it’s just a classic!
This wonderful ring is set with three round faceted Old European cut diamonds which add up to .15 carats in total of winking, bright white diamonds. This ring is marked with a full set of English Hallmarks which indicate that it was made in Birmingham, England in 1912 of 18 karat gold, it also has the makers mark ‘W.L’. This ring measures 6.7 mm from north to south at the widest part and sits 2.2 mm off the finger, it narrows to 3 mm at the back of the band. This size 8.5 ring weighs 4.9 grams.
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