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

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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.
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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.
 

$4,250.00

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