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Georgian"Nipt in the Bud"Sepia Mourning Ring

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, mourning rings featuring neoclassical sepia miniatures such as this one became extremely popular. These tiny paintings were done by hand and could be commissioned, or purchased ready made with blank spaces to be filled in with the initials of the deceased, or a saying such as "not lost but gone before." The exquisite scene in this navette ring depicts a rose bush with a dropped bud beneath the words "Nipt in the Bud." The back of the ring is engraved "Isaac Kennely died 11 June 1789 Aged 3 Y & 6 Mos." This exceptional and unusual ring is in very good condition, however, the glass-encased miniature has a hairline crack. It is important to note that you should not get this ring wet - always remove it before washing your hands or showering. The glass cover is secure, however it is possible for water to seep inside the frame and damage the pristine painting within.


  • Materials

    Tests as 10k, glass, sepia miniature on velum

  • Age

    Engraved for 1789

  • Condition

    Good - hairline crack on interior panel; minor surface wear

  • Size

    8.25, resizing is possible but not recommended; face measures 1 1/8 x 2/4"

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