Ring is a size 9.5 and weighs 5.8g. 10x10mm Red Glass paste stone shows little wear. This ring is stamped 1/30 14k Gold Shell. Unfortunately the Eagle and Arrows hallmark for Ostby & Barton were removed when the ring was resized. The ring is in decent condition for its age but does show some wear.
Still looks great for its age! Please look carefully at photos. This is a rare find and a treasure indeed! It is also a great investment! One hundred and ten years ago this April 15th, the Titanic went down with Ostby on board.He perished, while his daughter was saved. Please see pics for more info. It would make an exceptional gift for someone looking for something different. Great chance to own a piece of history! This is a must have for any Ostby Barton collector! Anyone interested in learning more about Ostby should read this. Mr Engelhart Cornelius Østby, 65, was born in Christiania (Oslo), Norway, on 18 December 1847, the son of Christian Østby and Josephine Dorothy Paulson.
He had several siblings including Alvida (born 1850), Arthur Oscar (born 1858), Ragnhild, Constance (born 1861) and Binie. Engelhart studied to be a jeweller at the Royal School of Art in his home city. After an education that included six years of apprenticeship he worked as a successful jeweller in Oslo.
In 1866 while he was still studying his parents and one of his brothers emigrated to America. He followed them in 1869 and travelled via New York to Providence, Rhode Island. He worked initially for the firm of Hunt & Owen G. But soon moved to the firm of Arnold & Webster (Later Arnold & Steere) where he acted as head of design and engraving for nine years.Barton to create the business of Østby & Barton. Working from premises at 25 Potter St. The firm became the world's biggest producer of gold rings. Lack of space forced the company to move from Potter St. And the Austin factory buildng.
Soon outgrowing their new premises they again relocated, to the former factory of the Ladd Watch Case Company on the corner of Richmond St. The building had to be doubled in size to accomodate the burgeoning business.In addition to his jewellery business Østby was a director of the High Street Bank and the Industrial Trust Company, and a trustee of the Citizens Savings Bank; all of which were in Providence. Østby became well known in the city both for his success in business and for his many charitable acts.
Engelhart Østby was married to Lizzy Macy Webster (born 1854) on 7 June 1876 and they had four sons  and, on 30 November 1889, a daughter Helene Ragnhild. Lizzie died on 26 November 1899, aged 45 and Engelhardt raised his youngest children with the help of his mother until her death on 5 December 1902 at the age of 76. Østby often travelled to Europe to survey the European markets, particularly Paris, and he was always on the look out for developments in both production and design. Beginning in 1906 Engelhart took Helene with him on all his subsequent European business trips. They visited Norway for the first time in 1907, returning with a Norwegian Goats cheese - a family tradition which would be repeated in 1912.In the middle of January 1912 Engelhart travelled again to Europe, he needed a vacation, and again Helene accompanied him. They travelled around Southern Europe and Egypt and while at Nice, France they first heard about the possibility of returning to America on the Titanic. They journeyed on to Paris where they met Frank and Anna Warren whom they had previously met in Egypt. The Warrens already had their ticket for the Titanic. So perhaps they had also visited England.
However, it was at the french port of Cherbourg that they boarded the Titanic in first class, Engelhart occupying cabin B-30 and Helene B-36. Engelhart carried with him his old doctor's bag he always used when travelling. In it he had gems, precious stones and other valuables that he had bought in Paris. On the night of the disaster Engelhart and Helene sat in the reception room, they talked with Mr and Mrs Warren and listened to the orchestra.
Mr and Mrs Warren decided to take a stroll on deck but it was too cold so they all went to bed. After the collision Engelhart met his daughter in the corridor that separated their staterooms. Together with the Warrens, they climbed the grand staircase to the Boat Deck. Engelhart's body was later recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#234). The embalmed body was identified in Halifax by an employee of Ostby & Barton, David Sutherland; he brought the coffin to Rhode Island and it was buried on 11 May 1912 3 May?The paper Svea wrote on 15 May that: The body was laid in a sealed metal coffin placed into a valuable mahogany coffin. The flower tribute was enormous, even when a note had been circulated not to send any flowers. When helen died in 1978 she was buried close to her father. The family sought compensation from the White Star Line for their loss.
Harold Ostby claimed 840,000 N. (Norwegian Kroner) for loss off life and Helene claimed 5,376 N. For loss of property, and 33,600 N.For loss of property and damage. Engelhardt left a 14 page will bequeathing his estate to his children along with separate bequests to his brother Arthur, his sister Constance J. Coles of Brooklyn, NY and her daughter Elizabeth Coles. Some years later he added codicils to the will which revoked the bequests to Arthur Ostby and Elizabeth Coles but left intact his bequest of a homeplace in Brooklyn to his sister Constance. Present day descendants live in Providence, R. New Haven, Connecticut, and Garland, Texas. Please contact me with any questions. All ad copy and photos are property of daintykatie or encyclopedia titanica and may not be used without written permission. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Rings". The seller is "daintykatie" and is located in this country: US.
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