-- A rare early century Memento Mori gold band. The earliest known example is dated This ring is enamelled in black with a full skeleton, twin hearts for love and an hourglass, symbolic of the passage of time and the brevity of life.
Fabulous Memento Mori gold and black enamel scrolled Rococo band dated The enamelled scrolls read : Mary Mount Ob 26 June 1745 aet 59 and the front scrolls are decorated with a skull, crossbones and a gravedigger's pick and shovel.
A silver skeleton worn as a memento mori pendant is inside the gold coffin. A memento mori often contained images of skeletons and hourglasses. A memento mori reminds the wearer of the shortness of human life and the inevitability of death.