Memento mori skull ring

Memento mori skull ring

A fine quality and substantial memento mori ring dated 1736. The bone-shaped segments which make up the shank are typical of the shape used for memento mori rings in the 1720’s and 1730’s. The shank is inscribed with the details of the deceased in gold Roman capitals on a black enamel ground : Mary Woodhouse Ob 16th Oct 1736 AET 36. The centre of the ring contains a compartment with an enamel skull device set under table-cut rock crystal. The reverse of the ring is rayed. The ring is size N [US 6 and 1/2]. In extremely fine and completely original condition.

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