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Early Georgian Skeleton & Cipher Mourning Ring

This extraordinary and very rare full-skeleton ring is the only one we've seen in nearly a decade. A crowned skeleton, hourglass, gravedigger's tools, and a plaque which reads "Memento Mori" all serve to remind us that tempus fugit / time is fleeting. It's engraved inside for Saml [Samuel] Chanter Gent [Gentleman??] who died on 1 Mar 1721 Aeta 22. Why is the skeleton wearing a crown? Was there a connection to royalty here? 


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests), silver, enamel, rock crystal, gold thread

  • Age

    Dedicated in 1721

  • Condition

    Very good - some minor loss to the enamel

  • Size

    6, cannot be resized; 3.5mm shank

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.