When a piece of jewelry is as, early as this, one would expect a flaw or two, no matter how minor. Instead, we find a treasure to be as close to perfect as possible. Even the inscription is clear and easy to read. It appears to never have been worn. Most collectors would prefer to keep it that way.
The ring will fit a size 7 finger. It could be re-sized, but we would hesitate to do so or fear of damaging the inscription and the shank. The gold has been tested and is well over 18K--closer to 22K. It weighs 5.4 grams. The top features an insert of woven hair surrounded by 9 wonderful matching pearls. The top measures 5/8 inch by 1/4 inch. It curves 1/4 inch above the finger. The inscription reads " Thomas Hancock, ob 4 Oct 1846" He died at age 46.
True quality as seen at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.