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finger-ring

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    AF.1186

  • Description

    Gold ring, bezel in form of 2 hands holding a crowned heart (Claddagh ring); initials forming a marriage trigram and maker's mark inside.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

    • Made in: Galway
    • (Europe,Republic of Ireland,Connaught,Galway (county),Galway)
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 0.92 inches
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        interior
      • Inscription Translation

        GR
      • Inscription Comment

        George Jackson of Galway before 1784.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of bezel & shoulders
      • Inscription Content

        M I K
      • Inscription Comment

        roughly scratched
  • Curator's comments

    Pencilled note in Dalton, Maker's mark GR is george Robinson, Galway, see Jackson, p. 706 as working before 1784.

    According to the Braybrooke catalogue, 'A gold band completed with two hands clasping a heart, surmounted by a coronet: inside the hoop are the letters I. and K. with M. between and above them. This is probably the initial letter of the surname of the pair whose christian names, perhaps John and Catherine, are indicated by the two others on each side. The coronet may be in refence to the rank of the parties, or simply denote the sovereigntyof love over the heart. There is also a stamp with the letters G.R. inside the hoop. This ring is described in the 7th volume of the Institute Journal and assigned to the 17th century. It was purchased at the Rev. Mr. Mockler's sale, June, 1848. -121grs.'

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 1105 bibliographic details
    • Braybrooke 1873 no 40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    good

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    AF.1186

Gold ring, bezel in form of 2 hands holding a crowned heart (Claddagh ring); maker's mark inside.

Gold ring, bezel in form of 2 hands holding a crowned heart (Claddagh ring); maker's mark inside.

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