In 1781, the British Army, led by Lord Charles Cornwallis, surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown in Virginia. It was October, 1871, the woods around Yorktown must have been bright with the oranges and reds of a Virginia Autumn as they rang with musket-fire. When the women came out to help the wounded, one or more of them may have been wearing a ring just like this one.
Hand crafted around 1780, this fantastic cross is set with six flat cut garnets set in 12 karat gold. It is further set with four natural river pearls. All of the garnets are deeply set with closed backs and care should be taken to keep this cross dry as the foil behind the stones can rust if it gets very wet. The stones average 7.5x6.5 mm and the cross overall measures 51.1 mm from top to bottom and 34.8 mm across. I couldn’t tell you where this one was made, I purchased it in London and it’s possible that it’s English in origin. This cross weighs 4.5 grams, it is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested.
This early cross is a real beauty and is loaded with history!
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