Et Émile

Et Émile

A fascinating little late 18th century French rebus ring. A rebus is a puzzle where sentiments or messages are represented by a combination of images and letters. The gold shank supports a swivel plaque within a surround of pearls and under crystal. The  gold leaf plaque is inscribed : LH  1000 AH. In 1762 Rousseau published an important treatise called Émile ou de l’éducation. As a result the name Émile became extremely popular and many parents called their sons Émile. So here we have the parents LH and AH and between them their son Émile – ‘et 1000’ which is pronounced e-mille and  ‘Émile ‘ which has the same pronunciation. How clever. The ring is size J [US 4 and 5/8] and the swivel plaque measures 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 an inch. My thanks to my learned French colleague for his help, you really would have to be French to know that!

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