Victorian Spaniel brittany dog ring in rose gold 9 karats. Antique ring with a painted miniature, showing a sitted dog, looking to the right. It is most probably a hunting dog, Spaniel Brittany type. The miniature is painted on a white background (it could be ivory or vellum). 19th century ring, Victorian period, probably from England.
Clover hallmark (later add)
Finger size : 50 EU or 5,5 US (possible sizing)
Dimensions of the ring head : 1,8 x 1,3 cm
Conservation : this ring is very old and has a miniature, it should not be worn near water (shower, washing up, bathing)
Condition: good general condition of the miniature. Some iridescence visible under the paint. Traces of oxidation, traces of soldering on the ring.
Weight : 3,32 gr
Historical point : in the Middle Ages, the dog was considered impure, even unholy. Over time, it gained consideration thanks to its association with hunting, while appearing as a pet in pictorial representations. It is present on tombstones at the feet of the deceased, a symbol of fidelity and is found with the same meaning in 19th century jewellery. Although the notion of fidelity was very prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries, it is above all the hunting reference that prevails in men’s jewellery, whether the animals are sculpted in the round in hard stone or enamelled under rock crystal.