|Georgian Era Serpent Mourning Ring, 1836|
for Nathan Meyer de Rothschild
Copyright 2012 Christie's
by Angela Magnotti Andrews
The stunning antique mourning ring sold for a surprising $11,021 during Christie’s Jewellery Auction, which was held in
London on January 16, 2013.
Estimated to bring in $2,300-3,000, the spectacular gold, ruby, and enamel antique ring was made in 1836 to commemorate the death of the famous banker and financier, Nathan Meyer de Rothschild (1777-1836).
Fashioned into a coiled snake eating its tail, the 18kt gold ring is replete with black enamel scales and cabochon ruby eyes. A detailed engraving on the inside of the band reads: “In Memory of N, M, de Rothschild, Died 28th July 1836. Aged 59, Hallmarked
finger size N.” London
In 1811, Mr. Rothschild established N M Rothschild & Sons, a multinational investment banking company in London. Having already amassed a significant fortune in the early 1800s, Rothschild was able to fully lend his support to the British efforts during the Napoleonic Wars.
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