Memorial Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1832

GUSN

GUSN-101119

Description

This gold ring is set with a plait of hair under a rectangular section of glass surrounded by a chased gold border and faceted jet stones. The split shoulders on the band flank the central element and are decorated with floral scrolls.

Details

Descriptive Terms

mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
glass (material)
gold (metal)
human hair
jet (coal)
Ring

Inscription

"L. M. Goddard" (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

562
1916.223-224

Related Items

Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1916.223
Title Red leather ring box Accession Number 1916.224
Title 226 - Ring in black case Accession Number 1916.225
Title Ring Accession Number 1916.227
Title Hair chain Accession Number 1916.229

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

9/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James L. Beal

Accession Number

1916.223

Reference Notes

For an illustration of a similar ring see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): Color Plate 48, 101. 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.