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18th Century Death's Head Ring


In the centuries leading up to the Victorian era, the rude brevity of human life was accepted—even advertised—in popular culture, as evidenced by this so-called "death's head" ring from the early 18th century. It's a piece of memento mori jewelry, which borrows its name from a Latin phrase meaning "remember you will die." Memento mori pieces were prevalent during the 1600s and 1700s, and usually contained fatalistic symbols like skulls, coffins, hourglasses and grave digger's tools. This particular ring was commemorative - the interior is inscribed "Memento R P" - and it's wrought in 22k gold.


  • Materials

    22k gold (tests)

  • Age

    c. 1700

  • Condition

    Good - surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6.5, resizing not recommended; 3mm shank





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.