Mosheh Oved Stag Ring
Mosheh Oved’s first animal rings were created during the bombing raids of London during the Second World War. Amid one of these raids his wife Sah Oved observed how Mosheh’s hands were trembling. Whilst sheltering in the basement of their Bloomsbury shop, Cameo Corner, she would give him some modelling wax to steady his hands, and that is when the series of animal rings began. His first attempts were either lambs or a kid on shaky legs. Another touching story from this period is that Mosheh made a ring shaped like a wounded lamb from the metal of his own cuff links as a spontaneous act of giving and sympathy for a client who had recently lost his son in battle. The base of the rings often includes an inscription, such as “the soul doth feed a virtuous deed” or “where is the house of my father” and “the lights of heaven within me.”
The heavy silver ring is modelled in the form of a young stag standing on a base with a round opening forming the hoop for the finger. The head is in silver with the ears and golden antlers drawn back. The head is held upwards with his mouth open as if to bellow. The eyes are gilt beads. The surface of the body is hammered to create a natural look. The ring is in good wearable condition.
Mosheh Oved. Vision and Jewels, Autobiographic in Three Parts, London 1952; Peter Hinks. Twentieth Century British Jewellery 1900-1980. London and Boston: Faber & Faber, 1983, p. 86; Elsa Zorn Karlin, Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts and Crafts Tradition, Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 1993, p. 86.