ANTIQUE GEORGIAN 18K GOLD ENAMEL URN MOURNING RING c1786 HUGH PERCY SMITHSON
An antique English, solid 18 carat gold (tests thereabouts, probably closer to 22 carat) mourning ring; set with a rounded navette-shaped glass holding a gold & black and white enamelled urn-topped plinth, reading 'N' under a crown, and reading 'Hu: Dux. North(br) OB: 6 Jun: 1786 Æ:74' to the black enamelled shank. This ring remembers Hugh Percy (Smithson) who was the 1st Duke of Northumberland. His illegitimate son, James Smithson is responsible for having made the founding bequest of 104,960 gold sovereigns, and provided the name for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
An important historical ring...well worth further research!
Further reading about Hugh Percy can be found here:
Wow - a fabulous quality, totally original & most intriguing Georgian mourning ring...so collectible & immensely wearable too!
CONDITION: All original and very, very good. Slightest signs of wear & faintest enamel loss commensurate with age and use. One or two very faint hairlines across locket backing panel, perfectly secure & of no consequence. A little dirt under glass through age.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1786. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: Locket 27 x 17 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
RING SIZE: M or 6 ½ US (cannot be resized).
WEIGHT: Approx. 7.8 grams.