Victorian Men's Poison Ring

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Victorian Men's Poison Ring Guilloché Enamel

This Victorian men's poison ring with Guilloch? enamel is crafted in 14k yellow gold, weighs 8.4g and measures 17.5mm wide and 4mm deep. This authentic enchanting Victorian ring referred to and used as a poison ring in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, is a Victorian revival version which was used for entirely different purposes such as aromatic scents or mementos of significance. It features an ovular compartment with a concealed hinge, covered by a highly ornate guilloché enameled lid exposing an absorbing lozenge pattern in pastel turquoise color enhanced by dainty gold spots and a gold-enamel contour. Foliate-themed intaglio engravings against a contrasting white enamel background surround this decorative panel of exquisite finesse and color combination. Substantial, diminutively descending shoulders heightened by repoussé applications and highly ornate intaglio engravings along the shoulder rims and the well-constructed band embrace the masterfully chased 14k ..More

This Victorian men's poison ring with Guilloch? enamel is crafted in 14k yellow gold, weighs 8.4g and measures 17.5mm wide and 4mm deep. This authentic enchanting Victorian ring referred to and used as a poison ring in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, is a Victorian revival version which was used for entirely different purposes such as aromatic scents or mementos of significance. It features an ovular compartment with a concealed hinge, covered by a highly ornate guilloché enameled lid exposing an absorbing lozenge pattern in pastel turquoise color enhanced by dainty gold spots and a gold-enamel contour. Foliate-themed intaglio engravings against a contrasting white enamel background surround this decorative panel of exquisite finesse and color combination. Substantial, diminutively descending shoulders heightened by repoussé applications and highly ornate intaglio engravings along the shoulder rims and the well-constructed band embrace the masterfully chased 14k yellow gold gallery and merge to form a sturdy and what is hopefully, a sizeable shank from 8.5.

According to historians, the first ?poison rings?in the history of mankind were produced in 1503 commissioned by Caesar Borgia. The first designs constituted a sliding panel beneath the bezel which, upon being displaced, would reveal a small space where the lethal dose was kept. The poison rings of the Borgias were not precisely ornamental, as seen from the few samples which have survived and been preserved in European museums. One such ring of historic significance bears the date 1504 and the motto of Caesar Borgia in old French translated as ?do your duty, happen what may?. Venetian artisans constructed more elaborate models of poison rings a decade later, dedicating attention not only to the mechanism, but also to the aesthetic appearance of the ring, with richly engraved hoops and colored gemstones. Later versions took the form of rings featuring a lion?s head and a concealed mechanism which would open the lion?s mouth to let the poison out through the lion's teeth. While Borgian rings represented an extreme diabolical ingenuity, their revival in the 19th century as ?perfume rings? constituted a refinement of civilization. The revised version was generally constructed in plain gold with a valve and a plastic ball which would be squeezed flat prior to immersing the ring in a perfumed liquid and after removing the pressure draw the scent into the ring by suction. An ingenious mechanism would then discharge a jet or a spray of perfume by only a trifling pressure. Apart from perfumes other liquids such as disinfectants were used, the latter representing, as it were, antidotes of the dreaded poison rings, not in a literary sense but at least in the sense of serving curative purposes!

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Measurements: 17.5mm (W) x 4mm (D)
Weight:8.4g
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