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Memorial Ring

1913.108 (RS6709)


This rose gold ring is set at the center with a plait of white hair under a rectangle of glass surrounded by faceted jet stones. The split shoulders of the ring are decorated with rococo scrolls.


"EM / obt. Aug 12 / 1824 / Aged 56" (Engraved)
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Object type
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
Rococo Revival
7/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
Reference Notes
For more information on Ebenezer Moulton see Buhler, Kathryn C. "American Silver, 1655-1825 in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston," v. 2 (1972): 515-523. For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.
Related Items
Title Mourning ring Accession number 1913.108 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Newton Mackintosh:
Title 110 - Pair of Mourning Earrings Accession number 1913.109
Title Mourning Pin Accession number 1913.111
Title Mourning Pin Accession number 1913.112
Title Bead watch chain Accession number 1913.113
Title Mourning Pin Accession number 1913.114
Title Coral for child's sleeves Accession number 1913.115
Title Coral for Child's sleeves Accession number 1913.116
Title c - Silver watch and two keys Accession number 1914.8 a
Title c - Gold watch, case and key Accession number 1914.10 a
Title 67 - Pair of buckles Accession number 1914.66
Title Gold bead necklace Accession number 1914.68
Title Hair Ornament Accession number 1914.669
Title Hair Ornament Accession number 1914.670
Title Hair Ornament Accession number 1914.671
Title Wooden pin Accession number 1914.1141
Notes Various silver objects by Ebenezer Moulton are found at the MFA and the Cleveland Museum of Art.