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Wedding Ring

1953.9 (RS8090)

Description

Plain gold wedding ring with remnants of an inscription on the inner band

Details

Label
Originally donated as the wedding ring of John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy, who married in the midst of the American Revolution in August 1775, recent research revealed that this ring is dated 1756 or 1766. Wedding bands were far from common in eighteenth-century America, but when a bride chose to wear a ring, this simple, thin gold band would have been a typical option.
Maker
unknown
Date
1750-1760
Inscriptions
Not legible. (Engraved)
Material
gold (metal)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
gold (metal)
Ring
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
1/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
1953.9
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Arthur Outram Sherman
GUSN
101855
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
Pictured in Brierley, Sarah, "With this Ring I Thee Wed," Historic New England, Fall (2007): 15.

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