Rock crystal pendant, shaped as a locket with two views, gold-mounted. On one side is a scene of Golgotha, composed of small figures in carved ivory. The other is an exceptional "memento mori", showing a skeleton in enamelled gold, a hand holding the hourglass of Time and the other a deadly arrow. Milan, late 16th century - early 17th century.
1792. This mourning ring was made to commemorate the death of a child, whose brief life is symbolised by the drooping rosebud on the left-hand side of the plant. According to the inscription, the child was called Butterfield Harrison and died on 14 March 1792 aged 2 years 9 months and 14 days. Although black is the colour most usually associated with mourning, white was used for children and sometimes for the unmarried.
Gold, silver, enamel, rock crystal, diamond, ruby and emerald oval pendant, hanging from rose diamond love trophy of Cupid's wedding torch and quiver of arrows held by a suspension loop. The centre of the rock crystal is encrusted with two rose diamond turtle doves in flight with an emerald and ruby branch of myrtle leaves and berries between them...
Memento mori stick pin with baroque pearl. Made in Europe in the early 19th century
Gold pendant, the oval frame bordered with strapwork, flowers, fruit and leaves, enamelled green, blue and white with traces of red, surrounding a sardonyx cameo portrait of a woman, probably a Ptolemaic princess as Demeter/Ceres, veiled and wreathed with poppies, facing in profile towards the right. Suspension loop, and drop shaped sapphire hanging below. Cameo: 2nd/1st century B.C., Sapphire: 11th century, Mount:16th century.
Unusual memento mori pendant for lives lost at sea - a watercolor miniature on parchment, under crystal and set to a gold pendant, circa 1720. The miniature is of Stella Maris, protectress of mariners and seafarers. She is portrayed in her lapis blue robe covered in golden stars and wearing a golden starburst crown. The skull, urn and crucifix in the scene symbolize souls lost at sea.