A Royalist supporter’s ring containing a watercolour portrait of Queen Anne, circa 1760 – 1780. Queen Anne (1665 – 1714) was the last reigning Stuart monarch. She was shy, conscientious, stout, gouty and shortsighted. By all accounts her husband, Prince George of Denmark was a drunk and a crashing bore. Anne never enjoyed good health and endured constant pregnancies that ended in miscarriages. She fell pregnant 17 times, but only one child lived, William, who became the Duke of Gloucester. Unfortunately he died aged 11, it is thought of hydrocephalus. During her reign Anne oversaw the creation of the United Kingdom, Britain became a major military power and the foundations were laid for the 18th century’s Golden Age. The high carat ring has a rayed back and contains a portrait of the queen under faceted crystal. The ring is size L and 1/2 [US 5 and 7/8] and the portrait measures 1/3 of an inch by 1/4 of an inch. Completely original ring and immaculate.
Portrait of Queen Anne after Kneller