A Learned Divine
A most unusual mourning ring dated 1726 commemorating the life of Thomas Tullie, Doctor-at-Law, who served as Dean of Carlisle Cathedral. The 18 carat gold ring with bone-shaped segments typical of that decade is reserved on a black enamel ground in gold capitals with the details of the deceased : T. Tullie LLD Ob. 16 Jan 1726 aet 71. The segments are interspersed with rose-cut diamonds, set silver. The centre of the ring is set with a table-cut rock crystal flanked by diamond shoulders. From The History and Antiquities of Carlisle 1833 : Thomas Tullie, a learned divine, was of an ancient family in Carlisle. Upon his death he was interred in Carlisle Cathedral where several branches of his family are interred. The ring is size H and 1/2 [US 4]. There is slight enamel loss but the ring is completely original and in most wearable condition, and is extremely unusual with rose-cut diamonds ornamenting the whole hoop.