Post # 1
So, thank you all who looked at the photos of the ring that was my great-great grandmother’s. It is thought to have been brought by my great-great grandfather from the Scotland to the U.S. when he emigrated. I don’t know much at all about that generation of my family, but do know a bit about the next generation. I know my GREAT grandmother was born in 1889 and died in 1935 and my GREAT grandfather was born in 1886 and died in 1955. I know their initials, but don’t want to put that out there so as to influence anyone’s ideas.
After having had an hysterectomy, I’m not allowed to drive for a week or I’d be at a jeweler’s now having them decipher what it says, but, alas, I cannot drive yet and I’m so incredibly curious that I thought I’d let you kind ladies take s crack at it.
No matter what I did I couldn’t seem to get the angle right on the ring to get a good photo. Also, anyone know what the inscription “WWW. B” means? As you can imagine it’s pretty tough to look that one up in the day and age of the World Wide Web!
Post # 2
Kinda looks like “E.M. to H.K.” to me, but i wouldn’t be surprised if the H or K was actually a B.
Don’t know about the www B. Probably the jeweler’s stamp.
Post # 3
That’s what i figured about the “www b” but wondered if any UK users knew any more as it would have been made in the UK.
Post # 5
E, M, can’t tell the middle, H, B- I was just thinking it’s someone’s initals.
Are you sure it’s WWW b? Kinda looks like an R to me, but then again it’s hard to tell with just pics. If you can find out what decade the original giver bought the ring it would help finding out more info.
Post # 6
yeah I think you’re right. The second pic shows a broken line at the bottom which made me think K but I just Googled cursive B’s and many of them have a broken like that too! The more you know! 🙂
Post # 7
snowbelles: the inscription is definitely “someone’s initials to someone’s initials”
I think you’re absolutley right! I think the “B” is an “R”
Here’s another photo. I’m assuming the “w”s are just that and not “m”s but I should never assume. In this photo I’ve got it flipped over so they appear to be the letter ‘m.’
My best guess for when it was initially purchased would be between 1875-1885 (going by the birthdays of the second generation to wear the ring.)
Post # 8
The www’s are the makers mark, quick google search pulled up this forum. There’s lots of info in the comments that might be helpful. Looks like turn of the century Portugal, famous for garnet rings.