Sir John Dick, Baronet of Braid, lived to the ripe old age of 84. He lived the long and distinguished life of a Georgian Gentleman, and certainly his tale must have been one of adventure! The surname Dick goes back to the 12th century in Scotland and was thought to be an off-shoot of the Van Dyke (or Lord of the Dykes) family of the Netherlands. Born in 1721, Sir John Dick made his fortune working as a merchant in Rotterdam, Holland. In 1754 he became British Consul at Livorno, a port city on the western coast of Italy in Tuscany. He was made a Knight of Bath by King George III in 1768 and in 1786 he was given the title of Baronet, which he inherited from his Grandfather's Grandfather, the previous Baronet of Braid. Later in life he was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. Anna by the Russian Empress Catherine II. He died without heirs in 1804.
It would have been quite common practice in 1804 for Sir John to have made up and given out many memorial rings upon his death. Here is such just such a ring. This fantastic black and white enamel ring reads "S(i)r John Dick Bar(one)t Died 2 Dec 1804 aged 84". Hand crafted in 18 karat gold in London, England in 1804 by the jeweler William Hall, it is hallmarked with date and makers marks. The ring is hand crafted in 18 karat gold and is in remarkably wonderful condition, the enamel is all present and the ridge edging is like new, the ring has a fantastically crisp hand-feel. The ring is 7.2 mm wide and is a size 8.25. This one could not be re-sized, it weighs 4.7 grams.
A fantastic heirloom Georgian ring with a wonderful provenance!
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