Men’s ring dating 1798-1800. High carat gold, seed pearls, and cobalt blue glass make up the ring. The micro carving depicts the Battle of St. Vincent in 1797. Sold by Rowan and Rowan.
The vessels are set on a cobalt blue glass ground, in an octagonal glazed compartment, within a seed pearl surround. The frigates are inscribed in sepia ink with initials T and PG, for the Spanish ship
Terrible and the British ship Prince George, engaged in the Battle of Cape Saint Vincent off the coast of Portugal in 1797, where the British emerged victorious. The carving is in the style of Stephany and Dresch, ivory sculptors in miniature, active in Britain in the late 18th century.
Seven years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, guaranteeing freedom of speech, Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, prohibiting criticism of the Government. That same year, Congressman Matthew Lyon was convicted for criticizing President John Adams in a newspaper article. This document charged the U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont to jail Lyon for four months and fine him $1,060.96. Lyon would win re-election to Congress from his jail cell while the Sedition act was allowed to expire two years later.