Chances are you are familiar with Lord Byron, the notorious 19th century poet and politician. But did you know he was so popular in his time that memory rings were made in his memory after his untimely death in 1824? Don’t expect a lot of them to be available for auction however: only a few are known, as these rings were associated with Byron’s family and close friends. On 21 July, Tennants Auctioneers is giving you the opportunity to own one of them.

Tennants Auctioneers Tennants Auctioneers. Courtesy Tennants Auctioneers.

Tennants Auctioneers is a fourth generation family business and is one of the UK’s largest Antiques and Fine Art auctioneers. Situated in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, it holds over 80 sales a year. The memorial ring is a particularly note-worthy lot in the annual Summer Fine Art Sale. It comes by descent, reputedly, from the contents of Newstead Abbey, Byron’s Nottinghamshire home that he sold in 1818 to one of his old school friends.

Tennants Auctioneers Tennants Auctioneers. Courtesy Tennants Auctioneers.

The ring is composed of 18 carat gold, with black enamelling, with gold script reading “BYRON”, “In Memory Of” and “Died 19 April 1824, Aged 36”. After a spell living in Italy, a disastrous marriage and divorce and a scandalous affair, Byron went to fight for Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire, where he died from an infection.

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The ring is in excellent condition, and items associated with Lord Byron always provoke great interest among collectors. It carries an estimate of £3,000-5,000: will you seize the opportunity?

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