Thornhill mouse ring – a porte bonheur
A mouse ring in gold and silver from Messers Thornhill, a company who specialised in novelty jewellery. The little silver mouse pursues a piece of cheese in the form of a pearl relentlessly around the gold ring. From an advertisement by Thornhill in 1880 – Eccentric jewellery to serve the caprice of the day has run through many phases and shapes of late. The newest thing in this line is the mouse jewellery by Messrs Thornhill of New Bond Street. However disagreeable a live mouse may be running about one’s room , in itself it is a gracefully shaped little animal which may well form part of an eccentric ornament. The ring is size I [US 4 and 1/4]. A rare little whimsy.