Ref DP4 Skeletal Coffin Ring
A rare example of an 18th century memento mori skeletal band, dated 1727. A full skeleton, reserved on black enamel, encircles the gold hoop of the ring. Unusually, there is a crown above the skull, signifying death is the master of all, and below the skeletal feet is a tablet engraved with the words memento mori, flanked by symbols of the Passion. The bezel of the ring is in the form of a gold coffin, covered by a faceted crystal, enclosing a skeleton painted in gold on a black ground. To interior of the band are the initials of the deceased, J. B. and the date, 1727. The ring is size P and 1/2 [US 7 and 3/4] and the band is 1/4 of an inch wide. A wonderful example of a memento mori ring, in extremely fine condition.