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1927.217.1 (RS7021)

Description

This ring is composed of a gold band embellished on the exterior with black enamel and gold lettering. The center is set with a plait of brunette human hair under glass and surrounded by alternating faceted jet beads and seed pearls. It is enclosed in its original case (1927.217.2AB)

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1822-1823
Inscriptions
Outer band: "WILL. M THURSTON OB:25 AUG. 1822 AE 49" Inner band contains a London duty mark, a crown and "18" indicating 18 kt gold, leopard's head, date letter "g" for the year 1822-23, and an unidentified maker's mark. (Gold paint, hallmark and maker's mark)
Location of origin
United Kingdom
Material
eighteen-carat gold
enamel (fused coating)
glass (material)
human hair
pearl (animal material)
Object type
Adornment
Places
City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]
Descriptive terms
eighteen-carat gold
enamel (fused coating)
glass (material)
human hair
mourning jewelry
pearl (animal material)
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1/2 (W), 13/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1927.217.1
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. George S. Selfridge
GUSN
101230
Exhibition Notes
"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
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 Box Accession number 1927.217.2 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. George S. Selfridge:
Title Mourning brooch Accession number 1927.214
Title Jet pin Accession number 1927.215
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1927.216
Title Mourning ring Accession number 1927.217
Title Hair pin Accession number 1927.218
Title Box Accession number 1927.217.2AB

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