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Ring: PER.M.195-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold, enamel, glass. Gold hoop with skeleton with a dart between legs, a crown at head and feet, and a book inscribed 'momento mori' with crossed sceptres and sword. Below the book, an hour glass and crossed mattock and shovel. Inside the hoop the inscription: N Nov 12: 1714/W of obt July.28: 1719. Small coffin-shaped bezel, containing, under bevelled glass a skull and initials 'NW' in gold thread on silk background.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

S.G Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 2.0 mm
Height: 3.0 mm
Length: 20.0 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1719

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part composed of enamel gold silk (textile) glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: N Novr 12: 1714 W of obt July.28: 1719
  • Text: NW
  • Method of creation: In gold thread
  • Type: Initials
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.195-1923
Primary reference Number: 46113
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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