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    Sam Houston. Gold ring with topaz stone given by Sam Houston to his wife. "Ladies topaz 14K yellow gold (tested) ring, late Georgian, early Victorian antique circa 1830-40 with the topaz set in a multi rounded prong mount. The topaz is as follows: Shape and Cut: Oval mixed Cut, approximate measurement 15.5 x12.2 x 7.9 mm for an approximate weight (measured in the mount by leverage gauge and calculated) 11.10 ct.. Proportions: Total Depth: 64.7%. Table: 58.1% Girdle: n/a. Culet: Medium, Finish: Polish: Fair, abraded facets Symmetry, Good, Clarity Grade: VS Type I, Color Grade: Medium dark, strong, orange, with 20% extinction. The inside shank is engraved in script "Sam Houston to Marga...L (?)..." due to heavy wear it is not possible to determine the final lettering of the engraving. The engraving appears to be contemporaneous with the age of the ring as it shows similar wear to the engraved design on the outer portion of the ring. The ring is handmade and in good condition, with engraving that has been worn off the prongs; the ring is one prong deficient. The basket has a triangular open gallery with wheat type design on each of the closed triangle of the basket. The shoulders have a similar design that is more of a chevron going half way down the shank. The remainder of the shank is smooth. The shank measures 5 mm wide with an all-bright polish and is a size 5." - A. A. Benjamin, LTD.

    William H. Morrow was born in Snyder, Texas in 1909. As a young boy, growing up in Scurry and Gaines counties, he saw the last of the "Old West" passing away. These memories, along with a course he took, taught by Frank Dobie at the University of Texas at Austin in 1929, called "Life and Literature of the Southwest," sparked an interest in Texana collecting that lasted a lifetime. He was an avid reader and his passion was Texas history. He and his wife, Dora, retired to Austin in 1975, as time passed he began donating much of his library to the University of Texas.


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    Auction Dates
    March, 2006
    4th Saturday
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