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    Posted 5 years ago

    Bluboi
    (103 items)

    A high-carat gold mourning ring, with a flat, wide hoop, the inscription in gold letters on band of black enamel between ribbed bands and narrow bands of black enamel: Rt Hon Spencer Perceval Ob May 11 1812 Aet 49, and engraved inscription to interior: Died by the hand of an assassin. The band is 1/3 of an inch wide. To interior British hallmarks for 1812 (sovereign's head, leopard's head, crown, carat number 18) and maker's mark for Samuel Glover, Foster Lane, London.

    Spencer Perceval, a lawyer from an aristocratic family, was the only British Prime Minister assassinated while in office. Upon entering the House of Commons on May 11th, Perceval was accosted by John Bellingham, who drew out a pistol and shot the Prime Minister in the chest. He fell to the ground, crying out, 'I am murdered!'. His assassin was a British businessman who had been falsely imprisoned for debt in Russia. He harbored great resentment as the British Embassy had failed to assist him. Spencer Perceval's widow was expecting their 20th child (yikes!) when he was murdered and she received an annuity of £1000 per annum. Trust funds of £50,000 each were set up for their 12 surviving children. The government took the view that 'his children are his country's', hence the large sum.

    For similar rings, see the Victoria and Albert, Fitzwilliam and British Museum collections.

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      This is definitely SPECIAL !!!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      So true, Vetraio, a piece of history! And, yikes again for his widow waiting her 20th baby...
    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      A fantastic, historic ring. Great post Bluboi.

      (maybe she was happy there was no chance of a 21st baby :) )
    4. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      No kidding! I wonder what £50,000 piad in 1812 is worth in today's $$
    5. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 5 years ago
      That is a cracker story.
    6. davyd286, 5 years ago
      Thanks for sharing!
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      Indeed a very interesting historical and valuable piece!
      I would like your opinion, which I particularly appreciate, questions about my latest micro mosaic piece. Available at:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/216413-very-very-large-micro-mosaic-crusifix-5

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