1942 Gold Wedding Band
A quality English wedding band in 9ct gold... buuuut before you turn your nose up at the low carat gold, wait! There's a reason and a story, and it's told by the hallmarks (London 1942). They feature an extra symbol alongside the usual assay stamp, date letter, and fineness number - what looks like a little U, or more precisely it looks like (). This "utility mark" was introduced by the English assay offices in 1942 during the darkest days of WW2, a result of a Board of Trade Prohibition of Supplies Order of 1942 restricting the use of gold wedding rings from the usual 22ct down to 9ct, with their weight not allowed to exceed two pennyweights (approx. 3.1 grams). This one was made by W Wright Ltd of Brighton, Sussex.
Era: WW2, 1942
Width of band: 2.4mm
Ring size: N or 6.75 US. Resizable for £35
Hallmarks: English, London, 9ct gold, 1942, utility mark
Condition: Great vintage condition with fine patina
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Gemstones are tested by an accredited gemmologist (Cert GA, Gemmological Association of Great Britain)
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We offer detailed and accurate condition reports on each listing. These pieces are antique, vintage, or pre-loved, often over 100 years old so they're going to have lived a life. A healthy patina and the odd scuff/scrape are quite normal... it's part of their charm! Everything we present has been checked over by our jeweller and should be good for wear for many years to come (unless otherwise stated) but please remember to treat them with appropriate care and consideration for their age.
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