Skeleton in a coffin
A superlative example of a memento mori coffin ring dated 1788. The high carat scrolled shank records the details of the deceased reserved on a white enamel ground : Mary Worthy Ob. 31 Jan. 1788 AE 4 Y’S 9 MO’S. The use of white enamel denotes the child’s innocent, unmarried status at the time of her death. The centre of the ring contains an upright coffin shaped compartment with a gold full skeleton under table-cut rock crystal. The rings is size P [US 7 and 1/2]. It is all original and the white enamel is in near perfect condition. The best example of a coffin ring I have seen for many years.