1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&
1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr&

BA315

1850s 14k Wedding Band with Hand-Inscribed "Ch R & E W Febr'y. 12th 1857" on Interior

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General Information:

  • US Size: This ring sits right at a size 5.00 on the shop mandrel and is not recommended for resizing, as resizing would likely result in loss of the original historic interior inscription.
  • Precious Metal Weight: 0.79 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material:  14k yellow gold
  • Dimensions: This ring measures 2.58 mm north to south (width) and has a rise of 1.00 mm from the finger (depth).
  • Weight: A comfortably lightweight 1.23 grams
  • Markings There are no purity or maker's marks, but an inscription inside reads "Ch R & E W Febr'y. 12th 1857".
  • Era:  This ring is believed to date to the Mid Victorian period, with the interior revealing an origin year of 1857.
  • Buyer Notes: There is evidence of a resizing that occurred historically, sometime in the ring's extensive 165 year life. This can be seen in the inscribed year "1857" on the ring's interior and is very subtly perceptible on the outside of the band in this same spot (indicated by the arrow). While this "ghost mark" of resizing can be buffed and polished out, we opt to leave this ring exactly as it is so as to preserve its historic integrity, as all signs of a piece's age (including resizing and especially patina) are considered by collectors to be proud badges of honor, well-earned and embodying the secrets of its past. The future caretaker is welcome to leave or polish these characteristics however they so desire.

    The Story:

    This ring is simple and classic, with an exterior as timeless as the interior is charming. This ring was originally a wedding band, a special time capsule of memories long past. Historically, name abbreviations such as this are quite common, and this 'Ch' likely indicates the name Charles, and February 12, 1857 is a presumed wedding date.

    Interestingly, nearly a year of research into global archives by this shop has turned up no recorded marriages on this date between a Charles R. and an E.W. The closest we have come to pinpointing this ring's commemoration is the wedding of a Charles Marcus Robinson and an Emma S (Smith?) Wilson, which took place in Rock Island, Illinois on February 10, 1857.

    It is very possible that this is, indeed, the couple for whom the ring is inscribed (the size indicates that it would have been Emma's wedding band), as it was not uncommon to have a holy ceremony apart from a social ceremony-- that is, February 10th may be the lawful day the two were committed to one another, while the 12th may have been the day they celebrated with friends and family.

    The ring's meaning is certainly something of a compelling mystery, and is a curious window into the past. Despite its precise meaning remaining unknown to us today, the ring's deeply nostalgic essence is uncommonly enchanting.

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