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Memorial Ring

1916.223 (RS6720)

Description

This gold ring is set with a plait of hair under a rectangular section of glass surrounded by a chased gold border and faceted jet stones. The split shoulders on the band flank the central element and are decorated with floral scrolls.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1832
Inscriptions
"L. M. Goddard" (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
mourning rings
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
9/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1916.223
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. James L. Beal
GUSN
101119
Reference Notes
For an illustration of a similar ring see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Color Plate 48, 101. 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 1916.223 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. James H. Beal:
Title Red leather ring box Accession number 1916.224
Title 226 - Ring in black case Accession number 1916.225
Title Ring Accession number 1916.227
Title Hair chain Accession number 1916.229

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