The story begins thus: years ago when ebay and I were on friendly terms, I bought an antique gold wedding ring reportedly to be a size 7. I was fairly green about real sizes and weights. I took said ring to Jeff, my jeweler, to have him check it out. The ring was considerably smaller than stated (a size 4 1/4) and lighter than the weight stated in the ad. I made the mistake of allowing Jeff to clean it up. He said the inscription looked authentic, but people these days can produce fakes every day of the week.
I wrote the seller, thinking perhaps he had both rings and he had sent the smaller of the two. He would not allow me to return it after I told him I had it to the jeweler. He claimed I had ruined the ring by taking off the old. The ring would only fit my pinky at the time and I have a reputation of losing them, so for the longest time, it sat in my drawer.
The inscription in the ring reads, Napoleon Jennie Sept 13, 1869. I often thought (wondered) if I could authenticate it and find out if it was real or not. Yes, It could still be a fake, but with my ancestry subscription - I did locate their license. Napoleon was a popular name in that decade and I found half a dozen Napoleon and Jennie's in the marriage licenses. I was quite surprised. The old guy who sold me the ring, said he thought he had gotten it in a lot from an estate in Ohio.
I'm wearing Jennie's ring now, as my hands have shrunken with age. I couldn't keep my wedding ring on anymore and had thought to try it on. You have to know - I am very curious what happened to that young couple. Wouldn't you be?
|Sorry for the lousy picture of Jennie's ring.|