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This Valentine's Day, an Auburn man is hoping to reunite a local family with what he believes to be a century-old ring that belonged to one of its ancestors.

The 14-carat-gold ring has a wide band and a somewhat weathered appearance. It also contains an inscription that appears to read, "F. to M. Mary 2-'94."

The man, who asked not to be identified, came into possession of the ring in 1992. So he believes it dates back to 1894.

The man, who buys gold, was brought the ring by a plumber who collected it from a trap on Columbus Street, he said. When a ring falls into a sink, he continued, it's sometimes caught by a trap underneath. If not, it then travels to the road, where it's caught by another trap there. The plumber brought the man several such rings, some of which were missing diamonds from their settings.

The man quickly dismissed them all — except the gold ring.

"I think it's beautiful," he said. "It had to have been a very expensive ring."

Since then, the man has tried to track down the family of the ring's owner. He went to Memorial City Hall a few times, as well as local churches like The Episcopal Church of SS. Peter & John, St. Mary's, St. Alphonsus and Holy Family. He's had no luck — their wedding records don't go back that far, he said. Now he's stuck, he said. But he hopes a story in The Citizen will finally bring the ring home.

Anyone interested in contacting him about the ring can email him at lostringauburn@gmail.com.

"I think it would mean a lot to some young lady, if I could get it back to the family, to have her walk down the aisle and get married with her great-grandmother's ring," he said.

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Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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Features editor for The Citizen.