A ring discovered close to a badger’s sett three years ago, is actually a rare love token dating back to the early 18th century. The unusual ring was discovered by Sue Gilroy, from Kent while out walking. Seeing the earth around the badger’s sett had been disturbed, she stopped to investigate and found the gold ring. It is believed a badger may have unearthed the antique ring while digging around the entrance to the badger hole.
The ring was discovered three years ago, and Sue decided to present the ring to her daughter, Charlotte after cleaning it up. Curious about the origins of the ring, Charlotte, aged 25 took it along to the Antiques Roadshow. According to experts at the BBC’s popular antiques show, the ring is a rare token of love which was worn by the bereaved after their lover died. Valued at £1000, the ‘memorial ring’ dates back to the 1700s, and has a centrepiece which contains some strands of hair and initials. The inscription on the inside of the ring reads:
“When this you see, remember me”
Sue and her daughter haven’t been able to work out what the letters are on the ring, but think one letter could be an ’A’ and the other could be a ‘V’. The story of the ring will always remain a mystery.
Part of the appeal of antiques, whether jewellery or furniture, is the story behind the piece. You will find a host of antique dealers with a selection of interesting pieces, including antique dining chairs in the Preston area.
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