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Gold mourning ring, the bezel set with an amethyst surrounded by seventeen flat-cut diamonds, the hoop with white enamel and bright cut decoration under the bezel; inscribed R Admi Richd Kempenfelt ob 29th Aug 1782 aged 67
14.87 mm internal ring diameter; 4.4 g weight
On loan from Evelyn Lee and Margaret Woodcock; LI1045.13
This ring commemorates the death of Richard Kempenfelt (1718-29-1782), a elebrated British rear-admiral who most notably won against the French at the Battle of Ushant in 1781. Kempenfelt lost his life trapped in his cabin on the /HMS Royal George /when the ship sank off Portsmouth in 1782. The white enamel suggests that Kempenfelt died a bachelor.