Mizpah literally means watch tower in Hebrew and goes back to biblical times.
“And [it was called] Mizpah (Watchtower); for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.” (Genesis, 31:49)
However, the giving and receiving of Mizpah rings and tokens really became popular during the Victorian era through to the early 20th Century. It was a symbolic gesture of an emotional tie between two people - friends, lovers, betrothed and engaged, particularly when one or other was absent - for example, away at war.
This is an interesting example of a 15ct gold Mizpah ring from the early 20th Century. Across the front of the band are six circles each engraved with a letter. There is also a maker’s mark for James Fenton who had a significant workshop at Great Hampton Street in the jewellery quarter of Birmingham which operated for over 100 years from 1854.
Size: M1/2 (UK) / 6.5 (US)
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