Antique Memento Mori Ring Skull 22k Gold dd 1703 Queen Anne Skeleton Ring (6672)


Antique Queen Anne ring. At least 22k yellow gold. Made in 1703 during the reign of Queen Anne. See provenance below.  <P><P>
Measurements: Weight is 4.2 grams. Approximately US size 7 3/4. <P><P>
Description : Very rare skeleton skull memento mori ring. An arching ribbon of gold, like a typical wedding ring, but with a modelled skull, bared teeth, gouged eye sockets depicted on the surface. Skulls and skeleton rings were a reminder 300 years ago of the ever-presence of Death and that we should remember that we are mere mortals. Hence the name Memento Mori Jewelry. <P><P>
It is astonishing to consider that this marvellous ring is well over 300 years old and as wearable today as it was so many generations ago.
Made of very high quality gold. It is at least 22k and possibly more.  <P><P>
Marks:  As previously mentioned, we acid tested the gold, which is at least 22k and possibly higher. Inside the shank has a number of engraved marks some more legible than others. The script appears to read: J L obyt 27:Sept 1703 Etat sue 730 with an impressed hallmark that is not clearly visible/legible.     <P><P>
Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age.  Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.   <P><P>
Provenance: The Edith Weber Jewelry Collection. Edith, Barry and Sonja were leading antique jewelry dealers in the USA since the early 1960's.


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