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Late 18th CenturyMourning Ringfor Thomas Searle


This Georgian mourning band was made to commemorate the death of Thomas Searle. The enameling technique used to make a ring like this is called champlevé. This method required the jeweler to cut away the gold of the band to form shapes, letters, or numbers (in this case it reads: "Thos Searle OB 31 Jan 1794 AE: 59"), and then flood the recessed space with enamel, which would then be fired to harden it. This ring features black enamel in slightly worn condition. The inside of the ring full British hallmarks, including the bust of of the mad King George III, the lion passant and, rather mysteriously, the number 8. This ring is a size 8.25 and cannot be resized.


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, enamel.

  • Age


  • Condition

    Good - some wear to the enamel commensurate with age and use.

  • Size

    8.25, cannot be resized; 4mm width.