George III 18ct Gold and Enamel Memorial Ring - Circa 1780


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Description: - A George III 18ct yellow gold and white enamel memorial mourning band ring.

The ring bears the inscription "T:C:FOUNTAYNE·ARM:OB:1·JAN:1780·AE:22", within a white enamel band. 

  • "T:C:" are the initials of the person's first and middle names.
  • "FOUNTAYNE" is the surname of the individual.
  • "ARM:" is an abbreviation for "Armiger," which means "bearer of arms" (as in heraldry), indicating that the person was an esquire or someone entitled to bear a coat of arms.
  • "OB:" is an abbreviation for "obiit," which means "he/she died."
  • "1 JAN: 1780" is the date of death, January 1, 1780.
  • "AE: 22" stands for "aetatis," a Latin term meaning "aged." The number "22" refers to the age of the person at the time of death. 

Therefore, the plain English translation of the inscription would be: "T.C Fountayne, Esquire, died on January 1, 1780, at the age of 22"

As was common for the period the ring is unhallmarked and has been tested and confirmed to be 18 carat gold fineness.

Date: - Circa 1780.

Period: - Late 18th Century.

Engraving: - The ring is unengraved.

Measurement: - UK ring size M 1/2 (leading edge). US ring size 6 1/2 (leading edge). The band measures 3.1mm in width. 

Weight: - 5.2 grams.

Condition: - The band and the enamel on the ring is in good condition, displaying minor surface scratches to the gold, and minor chips and nicks to the enamel commensurate with age. Please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Item No: - 2286/03_ww1.

Customs and import taxes: - Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. 

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