Ostby Barton Masonic Ring
This Ostby Barton Masonic ring has an
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
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 which European jewelers had created 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, Helen Ragnhild Ostby,
age 22, boarded ship, traveling first class, which sailed from Cherbourg,
France. The ship? The R.M.S. Titanic.
The Titanic sank off the coast of
Newfoundland, Canada on April 15, 1912. Engelhart Ostby was among the
1,500 passengers who perished.
After the iceberg collision at 11:40 p.m. on
April 14th, both father and daughter waited to board Lifeboat No.5. Due to
the temperature being around 25-28 degrees F, Ostby decided to return to his
cabin for warmer clothing.
His daughter, Helen, was forced to board the lifeboat
without her father at 12:55 p.m.
The Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15,
1912. Engelhart Ostby was later listed as corpse #234 in the list
of the deceased.
In 1914, Helen, her brother, Harold and one of
his daughters became joint owners of Ostby Barton.
Ostby & Barton Company ceased jewelry production in the
1950s. Helen Ostby died in 1978 at age 88.
Today, Ostby Barton/Pylon, a division of the
Contact Products Group, manufactures engineered custom contact probes for testing
bare and loaded printed circuit boards.
The initials, "O.B." on the inside of the ring indicates
as Ostby & Barton Company.
In addition to Masonic jewelry, Ostby & Barton jewelry made many different
styles of gold rings for both men and women including Art Deco Rings, Filigree Rings, Cameo Rings and many other ornate Victorian styles which were popular in that era and are still popular, today.
They are highly desired by fine antique jewelry
collectors due to their exquisite workmanship.
This Ostby Barton Masonic ring, is at least 50
years old (and possibly up to 120 years old). It is not for sale.
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