Wonderful, 18 karat Yellow Gold, Dated 1844, Memorial Ring for a Baby, Very Sweet:

dated 1844 Memorial Ring 18karat Gold
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This is a rare and wonderful, respectful, sweet, and one-of-a –kind memorial ring to honor this 5 month old Joseph Baby.
This ring was handmade of 18 karat yellow Gold; made in London by a Master Goldsmith, and is hallmarked with the London town mark of the Leopard’s head used since the year 1300. The next mark is the Sovereign’s Head which is King George who reigned in the year the ring was made. The Sovereign’s Head is stamped on the ring if duty was paid on the item to be exported as this ring was going to be created for a family in Northern Virginia. If an American family wanted a special ring made, often they did not trust American jewelers to be as fine a craftsman as the jewelers from the “old country”. Old World craftsmen had been used by their ancestors for many generations before moving to the new America. Such was the case of this ring and the Leesburg Virginia family had to pay almost double the price for the ring because of the high taxes. But this ring was important to the family so the tax was paid.
The ring has a wonderful a hand engraved border and black enameling on the outside of the rings band. The stylized “Forget-me-Nots” between geometric designs are hand engraved around the entire band.

In Mourning Jewelry pearls represent “Tears”. The face of this ring is set with 7 natural ocean pearls in the design of a “Forget-me-Not”.
On the inside of the rings band is an inscription “Joseph ------(last name is very worn and hard to read), Obt’ Dec.31 1844 at age 5 months”. The condition is excellent. The size is 3½ now and probably better not to be resized as the hallmarks are important to the history of the ring, but is possible to have it carefully re-sized if needed. The current insured replacement value is $2200.00 as of June 2013.

Price: $695.00