Not lost but gone before

Not lost but gone before

An unusual permutation of a Neo-classical urn mourning ring, dated 1787. The head of the high carat gold ring is set with a gold and enamel urn, embellished with rose-cut diamonds, set silver. The shank has a two line inscription on a black enamel ground with the details of the deceased : Charlotta Cicel Obt 18 Jan 1787 AE 23 and also the motto : Not lost but gone before. The ring is size K and 1/2 [US 5 and 3/8] and the urn measures 2/3 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Rare with this two line motto and with enamel in near perfect condition.

sold  £2500

Oh, there at last, life’s trials past,
We’ll meet our loved once more,
Whose feet have trod the path to God —
Not lost, but gone before.