A diamond-set mourning ring,
Lot 10Y
A diamond-set mourning ring,
Sold for £3,000 (US$ 5,042) inc. premium
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A diamond-set mourning ring, circa 1795
The navette-shaped glazed hairwork plaque inset with a rose-cut diamond mausoleum, painted ivory and a seed pearl, within a border of pinched-collet set cushion-shaped diamonds, in closed back-setting, to engraved tapered shoulders, the reverse inscribed Maria Heathcote, died 5 Jan 1792, aged 85, diamonds approx. 0.95ct total, ring size N½, cased


  • Maria Eyles was born in June 1706. She married George Heathcote of London in 1724, who became Lord Mayor of London in 1742. Upon the death of her brother Edward in 1792 Maria inherited Southbroom House in Wiltshire, which then became known as Heathcote House and is now the home of Devizes School. The house and estate passed to George and Maria's son Josiah Eyles Heathcote and upon his death in 1811 was purchased by William Salmon. Thence by descent.
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