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Mourning Ring

1935.646 (RS139950)

Description

Mourning ring consisting of two gold bands with black enamel decoration and inscriptions, center features two coffin-shaped bezels set with cut crystals over paper skeletons.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1766
Inscriptions
"Z.LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 63 / H. LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 62" (Enamel)
Material
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
paper (fiber product)
paste (glass)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
enamel (fused coating)
gold (metal)
mourning
mourning jewelry
mourning rings
paper (fiber product)
paste (glass)
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1/4 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1935.646
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. John Binney and Miss Margaret Bush
GUSN
101420
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. "Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.
Reference Notes
This ring is pictured and discussed in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): plate 6 and Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005): 6. For more information on mourning jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 25-34.
Related Items
Title Mourning ring Accession number 1935.646 Notes Jewelry and related items donated by Mrs. Binney and Miss Bush:
Title Hand bracelet Accession number 1944.732
Title Hair necklace Accession number 1944.733

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