An early 19th century enamel mourning ring, for Princess Charlotte of Wales
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An early 19th century enamel mourning ring, for Princess Charlotte of Wales

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An early 19th century enamel mourning ring, for Princess Charlotte of Wales
The broad band of white enamel between black enamel raised borders and bezel of coiled serpent design, the centre of the bezel with the crown of George IV in polychrome enamel, the hoop inscribed ' H.R.H, Princess Charlotte Augusta', the inside of the hoop inscribed ' Born 7th Jan 1796 Died 6 Nov. 1817, finger size N
Literature
C.f. A.B. Chadour, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Leeds, 1994, Vol. II p. 475, no. 1532, for a similar mourning ring with central locket back.
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Post lot text
Princess Charlotte of Wales (1796-1817) was the only child of George Prince of Wales, later King George IV, and Queen Caroline of Brunswick. The marriage between George and Caroline was not a happy one and Princess Charlotte was brought up by governesses and servants. When she reached adulthood her father pressured her to marry William, hereditary Prince of Orange (later King of the Netherlands). She refused causing a rift between her and her father. She later married Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld (later King of the Belgians) After only one year of marriage Charlotte died on 7th January 1817 after giving birth to a stillborn son, she was 21 years old.

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