PURPLE TASSIE TYPE GLASS INTAGLIO RING
Lot 721PURPLE TASSIE TYPE GLASS INTAGLIO RING, CIRCA 1800 the oval amethyst coloured glass carved with a profile of a bearded man after the Antique (gold shank sawn through, one piece provided, one small section lacking); together with a gold mourning ring the blue enamel shank inscribed 'In memory of Geo.Hen.Earl of Litchfield. 1772' (central stone deficient), size K½; two further gold mourning rings: one enamelled in black and white inscribed 'John.Townson.Esqr. OB.3.Mar.1797.AE 71', hallmarked London 1796, size N ½, the other wide band with white border enamel (original black enamel to centre now deficient) engraved to the inside of the shank 'Frances Penelope Thackthwaite Obt 21st May1793 at 28', size W ½ (4) George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Lichfield (1718-1772) was a Member of Parliament for the county of Oxford in 1741-42, inheriting the title from his father in 1743. In 1760 he became the High Steward of the University of Oxford and in the same year Lord of the Bedchamber to King George III, in which position he may have been witness to a brief episode in 1765 of the King's mania (probably caused by porphyria). Having joined the Privy Council in 1762, Lord Lichfield assumed the role of Chancellor of the University of Oxford in the same year.
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