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Georgian Hinged Mourning Ring for John Crabtree


A rare and unusual Georgian mourning ring commissioned in memory of John Crabtree, who died on December 28, 1796. Modeled in 18k gold with black and white enamel, the oval face of the ring features the deceased's initials "JC". True to the style of mourning rings from this period, the band features his full name and death details, but completely atypically, there is a hinge at the back which allows the ring fold open. Perhaps the mourner who wore this ring had pronounced knuckles or even arthritis. Or maybe the ring was worn over a glove? A small peg on the band can be inserted into one of two notches on the underside of the head which makes the size adjustable. The ring can be worn as a size 9 or a slightly roomier size 10.5. 


  • Materials

    18k gold (marked), black & white enamel

  • Age

    London hallmark for 1796; inscribed for 28 Dec 1796

  • Condition

    Good - some minor loss and wear to the enamel; surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    size 9 (or size 10.5), cannot be resized; 8.8mm head, 7.2mm 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.