Tudor skull ring

Tudor memento mori skull ring

A rare Tudor memento mori ring, circa 1550, the hexagonal bezel engraved with a stylised skull motif surrounded by the name of the deceased: James Porlace, with volutes and foliate shoulders in plain gold band, with traces of black enamel. The ring is size K [US 5 and 1/8]. For similar see Scarisbrick’s Tudor and Jacobean Jewellery, plate 37 and Oman’s British Rings, plate 57. It is in fine and most wearable condition.