This wonderful small Georgian Mourning ring was for Susannah Darwin (1765-1817) and is set with natural pearls & black enamel surrounding a black Garnet center panel. The ring is made of approx. 15 K gold and measures 1/2 " X 3/8 " The ring was re-shanked in Chester in the year 1899-1900 in 9 K gold with all the hallmarks on the new shank. The engraving inside of the ring is : Susan Darwin OB 15 July 1817 Age 52 Susan being the shortest version of the name Susannah as space was an issue when engraving small items. The ring is a size 7 and in very nice condition. This ring came from England and I have done exhaustive research in the english records and can not fine any other Susannah Darwin with the same age and date of death in any probate or county death records.
In 1817 Susannah Darwin started growing ill, with gastrointestinal symptoms that were probably a sign of either a severe ulcer os stomach cancer. She died on Thursday, July 15,1817 at age 52.
Susannah Darwin, was the daughter of Josiah Wedgwood, founder of England's world-renowned Wedgwood pottery. Still widely admired today, Wedgwood pottery was a technical marvel in the 1700s, and Wedgwood's factory was a leading example of Britain's dawning Industrial Revolution. Wedgwood's state-of-the-art factory, Etruria, included living quarters for his workers, a church and a school, which both of Charles's parents attended as children.
Darwin's parents represented the union of two prominent, wealthy families, the Darwins and the Wedgwoods. Though not aristocrats, both families embodied the emerging class of progressive, technology-minded entrepreneurs. The families were linked by friendship, business and multiple marriages: Charles's father, his sister and eventually Charles himself all married Wedgwoods.
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