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Memorial Ring

1916.227 (RS6722)

Description

This rose gold oval ring is set at the center with a lock of hair under glass surrounded by ten pearls. Each shoulder of the shank is decorated with three pearls. The split band terminates in scrolls below the pearls.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1840
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
pearl (animal material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
human hair
mourning rings
pearl (animal material)
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
7/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1916.227
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. James L. Beal
GUSN
101124
Reference Notes
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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