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Mourning Ring

1965.51 (RS8148)

Description

Gold and black enamel band with gold Gothic script, center set with a plait of white hair under glass surrounded by a gold and black enamel serpent with its tail in its mouth, serpent has cut steel bead eye.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1815
Inscriptions
Outer band: "DJCD 28 DECr 1815 AGED 84" Inner band: "Catherine / Douglas" (Gold and engraved)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
mourning rings
RING
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
5/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1965.51
GUSN
101369
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 Miniature pendant Accession number 1963.335 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. Huntly H. Gilbert:
Title Bracelet Accession number 1963.367
Title Miniature pendant Accession number 1963.368
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1963.369
Title Brass button Accession number 1963.374
Title Mourning ring Accession number 1965.51
Title Seal ring Accession number 1965.52
Title Seal Accession number 1965.53
Title Seal Accession number 1965.54
Title Metal label with chain Accession number 1965.55
Title Photograph on porcelain Accession number 1965.55 a

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