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1966.2278 (RS196492)

Description

This ring consists of table-worked human hair encased in gold. The ring is formed as a serpent, with the human hair set in openwork gold so that the hair appears to form the serpent's scales. The serpent's head is decorated in bright blue enamel and is set with diamond chips, as are its eyes. It holds a small gold locket in its mouth decorated with chasing on one side and set with woven human hair in a glass-covered reserve on the reverse.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1840-1860
Associated Building
Original to Merwin House (Stockbridge, Mass.).
Material
diamond (mineral)
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
human hair
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
diamond (mineral)
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
human hair
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Accession Number
1966.2278
Credit Line
Bequest of Vipont de R.D. Merwin
GUSN
101092

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