Antique Ostby & Barton 10k Gold Signet Ring "A" Hand Engraved NOT SCRAP Titanic

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 13, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Antique Ostby & Barton 10k Gold Signet Ring "A" Hand Engraved NOT SCRAP Titanic Search

Up for auction is this rare Ostby & Barton 10k gold signet ring. The initials, "O.B." on the inside of the ring indicates its manufacturer as Ostby & Barton Company. "10k" is also stamped on the inside of the ring. Ostby & Barton rings are highly desired by fine antique jewelry collectors due to their exquisite workmanship and their fascinating history. Due to its small size, we believe this particular example is probably a lady's or child's ring. It has the initial "A" engraved on it.

The Ostby & Barton Company was a jewelry firm established by Engelhart C. Ostby and Nathan B. Barton on July 1, 1879 in Providence, Rhode Island. Engelhart Cornelius Ostby was a goldsmith who immigrated to the United States from Oslo, Norway. The Ostby Barton Company, which he co-founded, became the largest producer of gold rings in the United States during that time.

As a very successful jeweler, beginning in 1906, each year Engelhart and daughter, Helen, traveled to Europe together to view the newest ring styles and designs of European jewelers as well as purchase gemstones for his jewelry business. And so it was that on April 10th of 1912, it was time to set sail for home in Providence. Ostby, age 65, and his daughter,
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