PLATINUM, RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1900

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Lot 242
PLATINUM, RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1900

US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,200

California Jewels

11 Feb 2021, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CLARISSA BOWMAN DYER, HILLSBOROUGH, CALIFORNIA
PLATINUM, RUBY AND DIAMOND RING, CIRCA 1900
Set in the center with an antique cushion-shaped ruby weighing approximately 1.95cts and accented by rose and single-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.70ct. mounted in platinum, size 3

Footnotes

  • Clarissa Bowman Dyer, born in Oak Park, Illinois, was the second of three children and her and her family moved to San Francisco in 1928. Set up on a blind date, Clarissa met her future husband George Carter Dyer and they soon married in 1943. George Dyer, a Hillsborough resident and well known in the Bay Area, was born in Honolulu and his family was an original investor in Eastman Kodak Co.

    Dyer's family, The Strong family, date their American lineage back to 1630, departing England on the ship "Mary and John" and landing in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Six generations later migrating to Rochester, New York in 1821.

    Henry Alvah Strong, George's great-great grandfather, was born August 30, 1838 in Rochester, was the youngest of four children. His Father ran a local newspaper called the Rochester Daily Democrat for thirty years. Henry attended preparatory school in Rochester and then graduated from Wyoming Academy in 1858. After college he worked at the American Exchange Bank and married his wife Helen Phoebe Griffin on August 30, 1859 and they eventually had three children together.

    Henry joined the military in 1861, and a was promoted to the rank of Colonel. After the Civil War he returned to Rochester and joined his Uncle's buggy whip manufacturing company. Around the 1870s he and his family moved into a boarding house owned by Marie Eastman, whose son George had an affinity for photography and in the 1880s Henry invested $1000 with George for the founding of his company then known as the Eastman Dry Plate Company where George offered him the job of President. Henry continued to further invest in what became the Eastman Kodak Company where he remained the president and the face of the firm until his death in 1919.

    Bonhams is honored to be selling the jewels of Clarissa Bowman Dyer.
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