Early Victorian 18 Carat Secret Key Ring - Bloodstone Intaglio With Ship - Montevideo
A lovely unusual early/mid Victorian 18 carat signet ring with secret key. The key is hinged And folds into the back of the ring face, out of view, and would have been used to open a box of documents or maybe Jewelry. The bloodstone intaglio is carved as a ship and castle battlements, the flag announcing ‘Montevideo’ Montevideo was founded in 1726 by the governor of Beunos Aires, as the capital of Uruguay. From 1807 to 1830 Montevideo was alternately occupied by the British, Spanish, Argentine Portuguese and Brazilian forces. Independence came in 1830 but in 1843 to 1851 there was a 9 year siege by a combined argentine- Uruguayan army. Montevideo was defended at this time with help from the British and French, and flourished becoming the major port of the Rio de la Plata. The ring is a size 6 and can be sized
size- 6 and can be sized
face measures - 16mm north south and 14mm east west approx
Bloodstone measures - 12.5mm x 10mm
key measures - 11mm long
height of ring from finger - 6.5mm
hallmarks - 18ct
condition- In good original condition
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