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Georgian Pearl Quatrefoil Mourning Ring


A large quatrefoil acts as the focal point of this unusual Georgian mourning ring. Edged in black enamel the face of the ring features four creamy pearls on a stippled ground with a tiny locket containing plaited hair at the center. Engraved on the reverse is "John Allen Esq Ob 5 April 1826 Ae 41". The quatrefoil is met by enameled split shoulders with a Rococo style band. Hallmarked for being made in 18k in 1825. No city stamp, but it’s London.


  • Materials

    18k gold, black enamel, 4 split pearls, glass, hair

  • Age

    Engraved and hallmarked for 1826

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    4.75, cannot be resized; 14.3mm head, 3.4mm shank

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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.

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