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    Posted 7 years ago

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    A rare ring commemorating the death of Princess Amelia, the youngest of the 15 children of George III and Queen Charlotte. Amelia died at the age of 27 after a long illness.

    She was the King's favorite child and his grief at her loss brought about a relapse into madness from which he never recovered. As Amelia lay dying, she pressed on her father's finger a ring containing a lock of her hair and uttered the words 'remember me.'

    This ring is from a set of 52, designed according to her wishes, commissioned by her brother the Prince Regent and distributed to family and friends after her funeral at Windsor.

    The white hoop is inscribed : Pss Amelia Died 2 Nov 1810 aged 27 and the enameled bezels feature a crowned cipher 'A' within a border inscribed Remember Me. This ring is from the Hanoverian collection of Ernst August II, King of Hanover and Amelia's brother. It is described and illustrated in Scarisbrick's Rings Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty and an example is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Lucky find or cost some real bucks! Very interesting & enjoyed your write-up. 15 children! Must not have been many pants in his wardrobe! LOL! By one wife?
    2. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      A rare and beautiful ring. Congratulations.
    3. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      What a treasure... Historical mourning pieces are so scarce!
    4. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 7 years ago
      Extraordinary provenance - what a treasure! Thanks for sharing.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Great looking ring-- what is the provenance on it?

    6. inky inky, 7 years ago
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    8. Bluboi Bluboi, 7 years ago
      Provenance: Princess Amelia's brother, Ernest Augustus (King of Hanover from 1837-1851) was an art lover and, among his collection of paintings, sculpture, etc., had a large and important collection of rings. Nine of the rings are momentoes of his father, uncles, brother and sister, Princess Amelia. He owned two of her mourning rings. In Diana Scarisbrick's book "Rings, Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty" she devotes a chapter )pages 210-225) to Ernest's collection and a photo of this ring and its "partner" is on page 213.

      Over many generations of descendants, this collection of rings was kept intact, but the collection came on the market in 2010 and I fortunately was able to acquire this ring.
    9. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      OMG -- Beautiful treasure !!!!
    10. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      WOW !!!

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