Because the ownership history of most antique jewelry is a mystery, we are always excited when we find a piece that can reveal a bit about the people who wore and cherished it long ago. One of our more recent acquisitions, a handsome Georgian mourning ring, is engraved with a memorial inscription inside the band.
The inscription reads:
“Rev’d John Collins Ob. 17 Mar. 1826 at 73”
After some deep googling, we were able to find out that Rev. Collins acted as Vicar of Cheshunt from 1788 until his death in 1826. He was survived by his wife Martha, and children John Ferdinando and Katharine. It is likely our gold and garnet ring was originally worn by one of these family members as a token of remembrance.