SHAW, Rev. John (1729-1796) . Gold mourning band, 18ct, with black and white enamel inlay, named: REVD.JOHN. SHAW. OB:9.NOV:1796 AET:67., and engraved inside the band: Not lost but gone before. Hallmarked London 1796 with maker's mark WH. [William Holmes]. Band width 5mm, and internal diameter 19.5mm. In extremely fine condition.
The Rev John Shaw (1729-1796) was born in Manchester, and was initially taught privately by his father who was a schoolmaster. He later entered the church, obtaining the living at St Mary’s Rochdale, and at about the same time was appointed a teacher at the Archbishop Parker’s Grammar School, where he later became headmaster. Shaw wrote a number of books in later life, including A Methodical English Grammar which reached four editions between 1778-1793; and Book-keeping Epitomized, and A Book of Devotions, both published in 1794. Shaw married Mary Mills (1737-1819) of Rochdale in 1761, by whom he had several children, including his son Thomas who died in 1832 at the age of 65.