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

 

weighs- 13.2g

 

hallmarks - 18ct

 

condition- In good original condition 

 

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Early Victorian 18 Carat Secret Key Ring - Bloodstone Intaglio With Ship -  Mont

£2,700.00Price
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