1798s

Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts

Built in 1713, the Old State House is a historic building in the heart of Boston. The building was originally the seat of the Massachusetts General Court but in 1798, after the American Revolution, it became the Massachusetts State House. The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston. Nestled among larger and more modern buildings, it is now a history museum.

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.