This is a fabulous and rare silver poison ring from the Edwardian era. The chased or brighted surface features a foliate or floral motif and adds a feminine touch to the ring. A beautiful antique poison ring great for all occasions and styles!
Poison rings and lockets allegedly originated in Asia, and there are written accounts in ancient Greek texts. They were wildly popular in 16th-century Europe and were used to poison enemies or commit suicide if trapped or imprisoned. During the Renaissance to Victorian eras, poison rings were used in Memento Mori pieces to store loved ones’ hair or portraits.
The ring is in very good antique condition with minor signs of wear. The surface of the silver has fine lines and marks, but nothing visible. The ring was recently polished, but there are dark patina areas on the compartment’s underside. The split shank is stamped STERLING and a worn maker’s mark, which cannot be attributed to an artist. The latch and hinge are fully functional, but the piece jiggles slightly when you shake the ring. There are a few deep scratches inside the compartment, which are shown in the photographs.
The ring is a size 3.75 and can be sized. The head measures 7/8″ tall and 11/16″ wide. The box is for display only.
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