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In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, mourning rings featuring neoclassical sepia miniatures such as this one became extremely popular. These tiny paintings were done by hand and could be commissioned, or purchased ready made with blank spaces to be filled in with the initials of the deceased, or a saying such as "not lost but gone before". The scene in this navette ring depicts a weeping willow in the background and, in the foreground, a bereaved woman leaning against an urn and plinth with the initials "HT". The back of the ring is engraved "Henry Tarlton Ob: 21 Sep: 1784 At 20". This ring is in immaculate condition, the miniature is encased in glass and mounted in rose gold. It is important to note that you should not get this ring wet, always remove it before washing your hands or showering. The glass cover is secure, however it is possible for water to seep inside the frame and damage the pristine painting within. Materials: 12k rose gold, sepia miniature on ivory. Age: c. 1784. Condition: Excellent. Size: US 5.5, cannot be easily sized; face measures 1 1/8" by 5/8". Color: gray