"Death Becomes Him"

Inscribed Pearl and Black Enamel 15k Gold Mourning Band c.1900

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  • $795.00
  • Regular price $895.00

Seven pearls are varying sizes are arranged across the face of this lovely English mourning band, interspersed with sweeping motifs in smooth black enamel. Buttery 15k yellow gold details the edge of the ring face with subtle milgrain details, bearing a pair of subtle intaglio shoulders, transitioning into a sleek and simple undecorated shank exterior. The interior of the band bears a rectangular locket compartment back face, along with a cursive inscription, reading “Walter Kenyon, died March 23rd 1913.” The ring also bears a full set of definitive English hallmarks, dating the actual assay of the piece to the year 1900.

Materials and Features:


  • 7 natural pearls
  • Black enamel
  • Glass back panel
  • 15k yellow gold [hallmarked]

    Age/Origin: Assayed in Chester, England, 1900. Inscription commemorates the passing of the deceased in 1913.

    Weight: 3.19 g

    Marks: “WGM”; -Chester Assay Office mark; “15 625”; uppercase “R” (Chester date letter for the year 1900) [incised, inner band face]

    Size: 7.25 US (Can be resized. If needed; please add sizing to your cart)


    • 7.5 mm ring face width
    • 2.9 mm sizing area width
    • 0.7 mm sizing area thickness

    Condition: The pearls are sturdily-set, with clear and smooth surfaces. The black enamel has held up well, with only minor wear. The inscription is clear and legible. The gold is a high-quality 15k yellow, with sturdy craftsmanship and attention to details. The inner hallmarks are legible and in deep relief. The band itself bears a smooth circular shape, with no distortion, making for a comfortable fit. This piece bears some overall minor and typical wear, such as some areas of tarnishing, and some slight scratches here and there. This is to be expected for antique jewelry.