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1916.225 (RS196447)

Description

This marquise-shaped ring is set with an ivory oval painted with the letter "H" surrounded by gold foliate swags and bows, all set over woven blonde hair. The shank, shoulders and mount are all plain gold.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1780-1800
Material
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
ivory (tooth component)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
ivory (tooth component)
mourning rings
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1 3/8 (W), 13/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1916.225
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. James H. Beal
GUSN
101139
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
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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