Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.
Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.

Antique Yellow Gold Signet, 10k Ostby Barton Initial Monogram Ring, Engraved Initials B.H.A.

Regular price
$335.00
Sale price
$335.00

An elegant antique signet ring circa 1915, crafted in 10k yellow gold. The cartouche is beautifully engraved with the monogram intials "B.H.A." in a romantic ribbon script, and framed by deeply chased shoulders, their clean architectural lines a harbinger of the bold Art Deco aesthetic of the 1920s. Measuring a hair over 1/2" north to south at the face, the shoulders start at that width and taper through to 2.50 mm at the center back. Currently size 10 3/4 and resizable at least two or three full sizes without issue. Please convo me before purchase if you are interested in the details of our sizing service. In excellent antique condition with slight softening of the details, a gentle antique patina speaking to dignified age and the smooth glow gold pieces seem to acquire with 100 years or more under their belt. Marked for 10k gold and with the slightly worn jeweler's hallmark OB for Ostby Barton a manufacturer based in Providence, Rhode Island Massachusetts founded in 1879. They were at one time the largest manufacturing concern for gold rings in the world. In 1912 one of the founding partners, Englehart C. Ostby, perished on the Titanic and control of the company was ceded to his surviving children. Ostby Barton continued to produce jewelry til the 1950s. Weighs approximately 3.7 grams. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Signet or seal rings were first used in ancient Egypt before the use of a personal written signature was developed and people needed to make proprietary marks on objects. The carved image left an impression when pressed into a piece of clay which could then be affixed to the item and ownership made known. Farther north Roman warriors wore iron signet rings to celebrate their victories, Roman nobles had them fashioned of gold and carved gemstones to advertise their wealth and status. Throughout European history the ruling classes have worn them to indicate their power by means of an engraved family crest or coat of arms and motto. In that type of seal signet the image was mirror reversed so that the impression made in wax would be legible. This was essentially an early form of notarization and rendered the document sealed as legal and binding. The tradition grew to include right sided or pseudo signet rings of souvenir status not meant to be used as a legal tool but to indicate the college one attended or the society to which one pledged. The monogramed signet ring appeared in the 18th century and it became the fashion to develop one's personal monogram and then have a ring made to accommodate it. Because of their history signet rings have always carried an air of status. Few adornments have an attitude as rich. Browse signet rings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdenCollective/search?search_query=signet&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search The Eden Collective Ring Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdenCollective?section_id=13939721&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1 We are happy to offer layaway. For details and other policies please read my terms and conditions before purchase: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdenCollective/policy USA - USPS Priority with delivery confirmation and insurance 2-3 business days Canada - FEDEX with tracking and insurance 6-10 business days International - USPS international first class with tracking and insurance 5-10 business days Please convo me for rates and availability of shipping to your location