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dated 1755 18K wavy blk enam memorial "martha"

dated 1755 18K wavy blk enam memorial "martha"

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1800: Item # 1426279
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Baltimore, Maryland 21212
tel. 410-435-3738

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Black enameled memorial band, divided into scrolls and with raised gold lettering, for a Mrs. Martha Greswold. This is an excellent example of and 18th-century mourning ring. The inscription on the outside of the band reads, "Martha Greswold, Obit Dec 8 1755 AE 59".Memorial bands of this period were heavily influenced by French design, and marked a departure from memento mori jewelry, with its grim portrayal of one's own death, to a focus on mourning, with emphasis on eternal love and remembrance. The ring is a US size 10 1/4.