100 years of grief in a single mourning ring assortment.

Mourning rings and mourning jewellery are a distinct segment merchandise for jewellery collectors: they’re lovely however so intimate that not all collectors are drawn to accumulate them. Personally, I discover mourning rings fascinating. I believe there’s one thing fantastic about the concept that an awesome loss that may be memorialized with a souvenir which you can put on everytime you need to consider them.

However this publish isn’t about mourning rings on the whole – this publish is to have a look at one really distinctive assortment of mourning rings that’s headed for public sale in Fellows September 30th Fine Jewellery Sale.

This remarkable collection of Georgian and William IV gold and enamel mourning rings spans 100 years.

Some of the intensive mourning collections to ever be offered within the UK, this assortment includes sixty-three (!!) Georgian and William IV mourning rings. The rings have been collected by Elizabeth Snaith (1805-1890) within the nineteenth century and the present proprietor is a descendant of the Snaith Household. The gathering has by no means has by no means been offered earlier than.

Each ring within the assortment is gold with enamel with one skeleton band (pictured above within the decrease proper hand nook of the picture).

The gathering consists of rings memorializing fifty distinct people and has been extensively researched. The itemizing consists of documentation assembled by the collector, together with the names on the rings, their household connections, historical past for among the extra notable names, and even intensive household timber for among the households represented. There may be extra data in the auction listing, together with photographs of among the documentation. It’s really unbelievable.

This incredible collection of mourning rings spans 100 years

Right here’s somewhat extra background from Fellows:

The giving and carrying of mourning rings occurred extensively within the interval to the late nineteenth century. Many testator offering funds of their wills to essential benefactors for the acquisition of a hoop to be worn throughout the interval of mourning. Such a benefaction was an honour and would have been acquired with delight and the rings would have been worn with nice respect. We notice that lots of the named individuals that happen on this assortment left wills that gained probate on the Prerogative Court docket of Canterbury, and their wills comprise particulars of those bequests.”

Should you’ve ever tried to purchase a mourning ring you perceive how scarce and coveted they’re and the way exceptional it’s that this assortment has SIXTY THREE of all of them collectively! It blows my thoughts greater than somewhat bit.

I’m so glad that these mourning rings made their means into the palms of a collector who handled them with respect and preserved them so superbly. I hope whoever is the following proprietor of this standout assortment will safeguard it simply as rigorously.

This extraordinary assortment goes up on the market on September thirtieth, so you should definitely go check out the auction listing at Fellows earlier than then. And should you’re within the UK and resolve to go see the gathering, please inform it hey for me.

Click on right here to see extra about mourning jewellery or right here to see extra posts about auctions at Fellows.

All photographs c/o Fellows.