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This extraordinary wide wedding band is called a "tonnenring" (Dutch for barrel ring) - A typical regional piece of jewelry from Zeeland, the Southern coastal part of the Netherlands where every village had
its own specific type of jewelry. Even more, every religion had its own typical distinctive differences of wearing and style..
In the county Walcheren this ring came into fashion in the second half of the 19th century (1850-1900). A wide gold smooth wedding band, sometimes engraved with a wreath of leaves and the initials of the bride and groom. It was virtually impossible to wear these rings while working so they were only used to show off when going to church or at holidays and festivals.
On pictures from that time, the hands were held in such a position that all the rings would be in seen on the picture. Such rings are also described in the book "Streeksieraden in Zeeland" (Dutch for "Regional jewelry in Zeeland") at page 76.
Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: Netherlands
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Period: ca. 1868
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Material: 18K yellow gold
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Engraving: W R
Hallmarks: Goldsmith mark for Casper Hackenberg, who worked in Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands, between 1868 and 1899. It also bears the Dutch hallmark for the year 1868 and a Dutch hallmark for 18K gold.
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Dimensions: width of band 1,75 cm (0,69 inch)
Weight: 4,60 gram (2,96 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 68 & 21¾ , Size US 12¼ , Size UK: Y
Resizing: This ring cannot be resized because of the way it is made.
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Reference Nº: 14247-0101
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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