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Lot 23

THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR INTEREST: A WILLIAM IV 18CT GOLD AND BLACK ENAMEL MOURNING RING

the enamel band inscribed ‘Vice Admiral Sir Richard King Bart KCB’, inscribed internally ‘Ob 5th August 1834 at 62’, hallmarked London, 1834, size N, approx 6g

Provenance: Purchased from Bespoke Auctions, 3rd June 2015. Previously from a descendant of Sir Richard King.

Estimate: £700 - £1,000
Hammer price: £700
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Note: Vice Admiral King (1774-1834) died in office on 5th August 1834 from cholera. He was one of the youngest captains at Trafalgar. His father, also Admiral Sir Richard, was immensely wealthy. In October 1862, as Captain of HMS Argo, he captured the Spanish treasure galleon Santisima Trinidad. He gained a share in the prize of 30,000 guineas, worth over £6 million today.

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