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English 18K Gold "Keeper" Ring

This English braided 18K gold "Keeper" ring by Robert Pringle & Sons, Birmingham, dates from 1906-1907. Petite and charming, this ring is a traditional 19th century form, designed with the romantic symbolism of double intertwined braids.

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Item #: R-20618
Country: England
Circa: 1906-1907
Size: 6.50
Materials: 18K gold
Signed: Maker's mark for Robert Pringle & Sons, Birmingham hallmarks, letter date for 1906-7

So-called "Keeper" rings derive from 18th century models. These bands were originally worn in pairs secure a more valuable, gem-set ring and prevent it from slipping from a gloved hand. In the 19th century, when betrothal and wedding ring forms varied widely, these gold "keeper" rings were designed with an intertwined braid motif. Long popular, they were traditionally exchanged to commemorate betrothal.