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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Mourning ring; enamelled gold, with a skeleton, foliate design and crown in black enamel round the outside of the hoop. The interior with memorial inscription and goldsmith's stamp. D-section hoop.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1727 (date of inscription)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.89 inches
    • Weight: 94 grains
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

        God hath sent my hearts content. R.C.1727.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        Roman capitals in serrated rectangular punch.The mark of Ralph Good I of Devizes. For further details see curatorial comments,.
  • Curator's comments

    This ring may have begun life as a betrothal or wedding ring and was later altered to serve as a mourning ring: the skeleton on the outside was added, together with the initials RC and the date 1727 (J. Rudoe, 19.11.03).
    See also ring no. 1961,1202.76 Evans gift) for Biographical details and 1961,1202.163 and 448 (Evans gift) for identical marks.


  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 1534 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2005-2006 25 Jul-13 Jan, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2005 12 Feb-26 Jun, Newcastle, Hancock Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004-2005 1 Oct-15 Jan, Manchester Museum, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    2003-2004 21 Nov-14 Mar, London, BM, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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