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GeorgianBlue EnamelMourning Ring for George Penfold

Mourning rings are prized by collectors in part because they bear such a wealth of information about when, where, and why they were created. While certain rings have us bent over our loupes for hours, squintily combing the internet for some example of a totally obscure maker's mark, the mourning ring's story unfolds easily. This astonishingly beautiful and very unusual piece is no exception. With a stunning flared head adorned with a stylized funeral urn and tricolor enamel, this ring was made in memory of George Penfold. George was the youngest of four children born to Edward and Mary Penfold, he died at just 9 years old on the 20th of April 1807. The family tomb is located in Maidstone Borough in Kent, England. This ring is a US size 6 and cannot be resized.


  • Materials

    18k rose gold, enamel

  • Age

    c. 1807

  • Condition

    Excellent - one shoulder has been re-enameled

  • Size

    US 6, cannot be resized

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