A learned gentleman

A most learned gentleman and modest man

This mourning ring comes with an extra dollop of love as it is from the collection of the late Tony Dove who passed away recently. Tony was an expert in obscure hallmarks and rare early silver. His expertise and knowledge were presented with enthusiasm yet also with such modesty. Tony came to Grays’ quite often and I never knew what he might pull out of his pocket to show me. He’d say, ‘you might find this interesting’ and out would come an old spoon or a ring with an obscure hallmark or a bit of an old dagger wrapped in cardboard, one never knew what he might reveal. Tony would tell me all about said object with great pleasure. It was a privilege to know such a learned, yet modest gentleman, proper old school.

This ring from Tony’s collection is 18 carat gold and enamelled to exterior in black enamel with gold chevron embellishment.  It is inscribed to interior with the details of the deceased : Robt. Dixon Ob. 15 June 1793 Aet. 63 and an unusual motto : Weep not for me but prepare to follow. There is also a duty mark, a lion passant and maker’s mark L & R, possibly for John Langlands and John Robertson. The ring is size R [US 8 and 5/8] and the hoop is 1/4 of an inch wide. I know what will have a appealed to Tony about this ring, the unusual hallmark, his passion.

£1350



 












A most learned gentleman and modest man

This mourning ring comes with an extra dollop of love as it is from the collection of the late Tony Dove who passed away recently. Tony was an expert in obscure hallmarks and rare early silver. His experience, expertise and knowledge were presented with enthusiasm yet also with modesty. He came to Grays’ quite often and I never knew what he might pull out of his pocket to show me. He’d say, ‘you might find this interesting’ and out would come an old spoon or ring with an obscure hallmark or a bit of an old dagger wrapped in cardboard, one never knew. Tony would tell me all about said object with great pleasure and I learned so much from him. It was a privilege to know such a learned and modest gentleman, proper old school.

Yet I know why this ring would have appealed to Tony, the rare double hallmark