Honoring the deceased was done best by the English of the Victorian Era. This beautifully crafted ring, dated 1887, is a superior example. It is one that could be worn either by female or male. So many others we have featured were fancy, delicate and definately for the female hand.
The ring will fit a size 7 3/4 finger. It weighs 4.5 grams. The hallmark has a maker's mark--H & S. It also is marked 18K and dated 1887. The hallmark indicates the city of Chester as the city of manufacture. The glazed panel on the underside of the ring is missing. It may have held a lock of hair at one time.
The black enamel is an integral part of the design. Four seed pearls are featured as part of the design. There is a tiny bit of enamel missing on one shoulder which we have had trouble telling where it is. The ring is in crisp condition indicating that it may not have been worn very often. It is an excellent example to add to a collection of memorial jewelry.