Thomas Nettleshipp Esquire
A mourning hoop of exceptional quality, dated 1840. The hoop is hallmarked 18 carat gold and enamelled on the outer shank in white between black enamel milled borders. The centre of the hoop is enamelled in gold Gothic letters in garlanded surrounds – In Memory Of. The interior is inscribed with the details of the deceased : Thomas Nettleshipp Esq. Ob. 25 Sept. 1840. Thomas Nettleshipp of Lower Seymour Street, Portman Square, died unmarried and left the majority of his fortune to his sister. A copy of his will accompanies the ring. He is interred in the altar tomb of St.James’s Church, North Cray, Kent. The ring is size U [US 10 and 1/4] and the hoop is 1/2 an inch wide. It is the finest example of this type of mourning hoop I have seen for many years.