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Here’s a challenge for you. One of the ladies, Diana, on the Sassy Searchers Facebook group (ladies only group and worth joining if you want a friendly place to hang out) has asked for our help.

It has a date of the 15 J??? 1839 it has ob before it so assuming it’s the date of death.

She found this beautiful gold ring last week in Maldon, Essex. She’d like to find out more about the family and maybe get it back to them. Can you help lovely peeps?
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It is hallmarked 1837. :thumbsup:
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Nice ring :thumbsup:
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The ring indicates that they died age 70 so were born in 1769. :thumbsup:
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Armitage is a name which is more closely linked with Yorkshire than with Essex. There are some in Essex but not many. I tried the find-a-grave site and nothing comes up.
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Thank you for everything you've done so far to look into this. I guess the person may have lived and died many miles from where the ring was found so this might be hard.
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Yes, that is a distinct possibility. Although I seem to remember several similar items being linked to houses close to where they were found. Clearly it is someone of means. Gentry at least. But as Maldon was apparently a thriving port, with wharf and ship activity then it is just as likely to have been from elsewhere. There seem to be lots of Armitages in the eastern USA back in the day. Is it possible to transcribe the whole inscription -it is hard fro my eyes to see.
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There is a James Armitage who's death was registered in London in that same quarter, so a fair possibility if death date matches.
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Littleboot wrote: Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:49 pm Is it possible to transcribe the whole inscription -it is hard fro my eyes to see.
I hope this helps :thumbsup:

The gift of EA
In memory of Ja. Armitage Obd. 15 J??? 1839
Aged 70
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If it's a man's ring then perhaps EA is the widow mother who gifted it to her son? Is that plausible? :Thinking:
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Lovely ring indeed and I bet it could be restored quite nicely by a good jeweller...
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Easylife wrote: Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:28 am If it's a man's ring then perhaps EA is the widow mother who gifted it to her son? Is that plausible? :Thinking:
I tend to think it is a close relative, yes. I did find some Armitages around Saffron Waldon and also in the more southern part of Essex. It looks quite floral for a man's ring. I tend to think it is a woman's ring but that isn't based upon anything but the design of the band.
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