Princess Amelia mourning ring
These incredibly rare and historically important rings hardly ever come on to the open market today. This is a mourning ring for Princess Amelia [1783 – 1810]. It comes with royal provenance from a remarkable group of rings that belonged to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland [1771 -1851]. Nine of the rings in his collection were mementoes of his father, uncles, brother and his sister Princess Amelia. Amelia was the youngest of the 15 children of George III and his queen consort Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Amelia died at the age of 27 from tuberculosis. She was the King’s favourite child and his grief at her loss brought about a relapse into madness from which he never recovered. As Amelia lay dying, she pressed onto her father’s finger a ring containing a lock of her hair and uttered the words ‘remember me.’ This ring, one of only 52 made, was designed according to her wishes, commissioned by her brother and distributed to family and friends after her funeral at Windsor. The white hoops are inscribed : Pss Amelia Died 2 Nov 1810 aged 27 and the enamelled bezel features a crowned cipher ‘A’ within a border inscribed Remember Me. The ring is size P [US 7.5]. The ring is described and illustrated in Scarisbrick’s Rings Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty, pages 212 -213. History.
Illustration of this ring on page 213 of Scarisbrick’s Rings Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty.