1860s RING RESTORATION COMPLETE!

BuckleBoy

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Hello All,

I dug this ring a few years ago in an old plantation site here in Louisiana. It was plow mangled and missing all of its stones when dug. I have a friend who is a master jeweler who was able to completely restore it and replace the stones for me for a modest price. I'm absolutely stoked about the results and wanted to share them with you! I went with black onyx and small marcasites since I felt that those would be more historically accurate to what might've been originally in the ring.

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Buck
 

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Lenrac2

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That turned out great! I never thought to repurpose a mangled ring!
 

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Turned out Very Nice!!! Well Done!!!
 

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Congratulations! And repeat of what all those above me said!!
 

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That came out great Buck. It's always a pleasure to restore n old ring like that and breathe new life into it.
 

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That is an incredible restoration job- great find too!
 

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It looks really good. I had a gold ring I found restored similarly one year, whichever one that was.
 

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Wow buckleboy what a beauty and I to am a sucker for restoring my mangle jewelry. Can I ask how did your age it?
 
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Wow buckleboy what a beauty and I to am a sucker for restoring my mangle jewelry. Can I ask how did your age it?

no patina applied, it was polished in fact to hide the silver solder used to reattach. If you mean how did I date it, everything else dug was 1860 or earlier because that plantation was abandoned at the time of the civil war. It may be that a civilian dropped it later but that would be very strange to have been lost in a field by a woman after that field was a crop field and not a yard. Also, it’s unmarked and likely coin silver not sterling. Sterling silver became the standard in the 1870s. Most items before that time (unless imported from Europe) were made of coin silver in the United States.
 

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no patina applied, it was polished in fact to hide the silver solder used to reattach. If you mean how did I date it, everything else dug was 1860 or earlier because that plantation was abandoned at the time of the civil war. It may be that a civilian dropped it later but that would be very strange to have been lost in a field by a woman after that field was a crop field and not a yard. Also, it’s unmarked and likely coin silver not sterling. Sterling silver became the standard in the 1870s. Most items before that time (unless imported from Europe) were made of coin silver in the United States.

Great restoration BuckleBoy, top shelve all the way. Was it sized for the Mrs?
I actually really like coin silver over sterling sometimes as it gives an aged natural greyish patina to the article.
 

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Nice restore on that beauty!
 

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Great find and restoration! My wife would love that one!
 

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Great post! Love the results.

aj
 

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