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Mourning Ring

2007.15.154 (RS9277)

Description

Gold ring with open shaped shoulders, center set with small braid of hair under glass and surrounded by a circle of faceted jet beads.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1820-1840
Inscriptions
"[first letter not legible] C C / to / ML" (Engraved)
Material
glass (material)
Object type
Adornment
Descriptive terms
glass (material)
mourning rings
RING
rings (jewelry)
Dimensions
3/8 in (W), 7/8 in (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
2007.15.154
Credit Line
Museum Accession
GUSN
101862
Reference Notes
For more information on jet jewelry and imitations see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910" v. 2 (1991): 657-709; Cooper, Diana and Norman Battershill, "Victorian Sentimental Jewellery," (1972): 19-30; Dawes, Ginny Reddington and Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 125-130; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 125-126, 254-256; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 94-95. 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.

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