All affordably priced, biographical information is available for most of the rings, which were made for the friends and relatives of the departed. Pictured here is a selection including a ‘dual dating’ ring that has the unusual date format of 1726/7. For a period until the Calendar Act of 1750, England and Scotland were using different calendars.
From top down:
• a ring worked with memento mori symbols inscribed Rt Hon: Lady Mary Gregory Ob: 19 Jan 1761, estimate £600-800.
• a ring with the inscription Margt Counts of Hardwick Ob: 19 Sep 1761 AE:72, estimate £150-250.
• a ring with the inscription John Cater Esq. Ob 28 Dec 1735 AET 6, estimate £150-250.
• a ring with rock crystal panel over hairwork and the inscription Jemima, Dutchess of Kent Ob:27 July 1728 Ae:53, estimate £200-300.
• a ring with rock crystal panel over hairwork and ‘dual dating’ inscription reading Lady A Glenorchy, Ob:2 Mar: 17267, AET 29, estimate £200-300.