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BaroqueMourning Ringwith Skull and Crossbones and Cipher

This spectacular and rare mourning ring was made in the first years of what is now known as the Georgian era. The head of the ring features a flat cut rock crystal with an oval collet. The crystal houses a well-preserved white enamel skull and crossbones flanked by the cipher of the deceased, "WC", over a ground of plaited hair. The half round band is ornamented with an opulent late Baroque floral theme rendered in black enamel, the interior is engraved "WC ob 27 Oct 1715" and stamped with the (unidentified) makers mark "RC". This wonderful ring is a US 6.5 and cannot be resized.


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests), rock crystal, hair, enamel

  • Age

    c. 1715

  • Condition


  • Size

    US 6.5, cannot be resized

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