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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.
"L. M. Goddard" (Engraved)
9/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. James L. Beal
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.
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