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Georgian John Milton Cameo Ring

$1,000.00

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Georgian John Milton Cameo Ring

$1,000.00


Description

DATE: Georgian, c.1820

A cool Georgian cameo ring depicting John Milton. Milton was an English poet and intellectual who served as a civil servant in the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He's obviously best known for his epic poem Paradise lost, written at a time of unprecedented political and religious upheaval. Within his own lifetime he received international renown for championing freedom of speech, and freedom of the press; he has since been revered by such literary titans as Blake, Wordsworth, and Thomas Hardy.

Tragically, an in a bizarre parallel with Beethoven, Milton went blind mid-way through his career. Some say that these are the twin defining catastrophes of modern European art... however neither were stopped from completing (arguably) their two greatest masterpieces: Milton's Paradise Lost, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. His sonnet “On His Blindness” (1655), if you don't know it, is quite wonderful, and well worth checking out.

STONES 

Hardstone Agate

MEASUREMENTS 

Head: 1.6 x 1.2cm

Width of band: 1.9mm

WEIGHT 

2.6g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as 15k gold

CONDITION 

Very good, some general wear commensurate with age

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