Jewelry: Great Plague of London RingDate: Early Renaissance, 15th-17th centuryOrigin: Probably English
Revolutionary in its construction with the band of rolled brass/bronze, with a pattern imparted by the roller. The bronze flower bud top cast separately and the two joined by brazing. Thus, the ring was sized when made, a huge jump in industrialization at the time! The process of rolling, including sheet for armor was in place in the 15th century. Child mortality was indigenous to the culture and expected. Barely half lived to adulthood. Burial in the church yard brought you close to God, but space was limited and those nearer our hearts had priority over those whose names were forgotten. Graves were periodically dug up, and the bones removed to storage, making space for newcomers. It happened all over Europe, north to south and no jewelry is preserved with the bones. It is our conclusion after decades of filtering through sparse information, that these rings were produced in England and recovered from graves of children who perished in the Great Plague of 1655-56 in London. Child's size about 2 1/2 (out of round). Reeded band of five plain reeds. Large symmetrical nodular flower head bezel head. Crisp detail and fine glossy green patina.
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