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Mourning Ring

2006.34 (RS8786)

Description

Ring with rose gold mounting and band. Bezel center set with hair under glass, engraved on reverse.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1804
Inscriptions
"Jonan Bowman / Obt. Sept. 11, 1804 / Aged 68" (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
mourning rings
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
11/16 (W), 13/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.34
Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Grace Whitney in honor of George, Mark, David, and Richard Whitney
GUSN
101370
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. For more information on the furniture of Jonathan Bowman see Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions, A New England Legacy," (2003): 283-285.

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