Victorian Era Enamel "32" Scottish Rite Freemason Cigar Band Ring in 14k Gold
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A formidable Victorian era, 32nd degree, Scottish Rite Freemason's cigar band ring, modeled in 14k yellow gold, with an enameled number 32 applied to its face, in a large scale slab serif font. This ring bears a beautifully hand-engraved dedication (on the inside) to F.P. Dalrymple, that is complete with a date— Thursday, April 4th, 1889. Alongside this dedication are the words: "whom virtue unites death cannot separate." The 32nd degree title is "sublime prince of the royal secret," and that's just how we'd be introducing ourselves to people, if we were wearing this ring! The band is wide and weighty, and it has the most wonderful bold, graphic quality! It doesn't immediately announce itself as fraternal jewelry, and the front facing number 32 makes its symbolic possibilities very versatile. It is rare to find Mason's jewelry from this era, and we have not seen another example quite like this ring. Marked 14k for purity.
US 8 1/2 - 8 3/4 on the mandrel; fits about 1 size smaller, because of its width.
Ring face measures approx 8.6 mm.
The enamel shows the expected surface wear but with very little actual loss.