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Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000
ca. US$2,489 - US$3,318
Price realised:  £2,875
ca. US$4,770
Lot number 83, Views: 31

A 17th century gold mourning ring for Henry Hammond, Royal chaplain to King Charles I
A 17th century gold mourning ring for Henry Hammond, Royal chaplain to King Charles I The domed hoop pierced and engraved with memento mori skull motif and foliate decoration, the interior hoop engraved, H Hammond D D obt: Apr: 25: 60 AE, 55, with maker's mark R.G. in a cartouche, finger size O 1/2 ; and seven related 19th century family mourning rings, comprising: two with circular hair locket bezels and white and blue enamel borders, each engraved Ellen Hammond, Obt. June 9, 1882 ; a gold band engraved on the exterior hoop, SARAH HAMMOND, DIED 20, DECEMBER 1806 AGED 60 , (traces of enamel), a ring with oval hair locket bezel, the interior hoop engraved Charles Hammond Obt. 19 April 1837 AEt. 54 ; a diamond single stone ring designed as a coiled serpent with old brilliant-cut diamond head and eyes, one stone deficient , the interior hoop with oval locket compartment and engraved initials A H ; a band ring the interior engraved Anthy Hammond Esq, Obt. .. Oct, ... Aet 80, hallmarked London, 1822, damaged ; and a memento mori band ring engraved with skull motif and foliate decoration, circa 1700, very rubbed (8)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Vintage and Modern Jewels at South Kensington, Including Fine Hermès Handbags
Date of the auction: 19 Nov 2009
Address: Christie's
19 November 2009, London, South Kensington