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Mourning ring

2006.44.5 (RS9157)

Description

Gold, jet and hair mourning ring. Square front set with brown and white hair under glass surrounded by a row of jet beads, gold band with openwork at shoulders.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1817
Inscriptions
Ring:" J. Duncan/ Ob. July 24th/ 1817 AE 92" Note: "Feb 1911 / These were funeral / rings of the elder / James Duncan and / of his first wife Elizabeth / Bell. They long belonged / to Miss Caroline Duncan. / and then to Mrs. Harris / and after death in 1910 / came to Mrs. Stephen H. Phillips." (Engraved and paper note)
Location of origin
American (use)
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
mourning jewelry
mourning rings
Ring
rings (jewelry)
People and organizations
Duncan, Caroline, 1846-1912
Duncan, James, 1726-1817
Harris, Mary Duncan
Phillips, Margaret Duncan
Dimensions
3/8 (W), 7/8 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.5
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
101610

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