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Ring: PER.M.176-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold, silver or base metal, paste crystal, diamonds (?) and enamel. Small hoop, shoulders ornamented with formalised leaf decoration reserved in black enamel with white dots. Oval bezel has in the centre, under faceted paste crystal, the initials 'MB' in gold thread on a background of hair. This is surrounded by six diamonds (?) set in silver or base metal. The sloping under-sides of the bezel ornamented by flutings filled with black enamel with white dots.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


Late 17th Century
Early 18th Century
Circa 1670 - Circa 1730

Components of the work

Part composed of diamond ( uncertain) base metal ( uncertain) silver ( uncertain) gold thread enamel hair gold paste (glass)
Hoop Depth 1.5 mm Height 3.0 mm Length 17.5 mm
Bezel Height 5.5 mm Length 11.5 mm Width 10.5 mm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: on a background of hair

  • Text: MB
  • Method of creation: In gold thread
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.176-1923
Primary reference Number: 45973
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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