Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1822-1823

GUSN

GUSN-101230

Description

This ring is composed of a gold band embellished on the exterior with black enamel and gold lettering. The center is set with a plait of brunette human hair under glass and surrounded by alternating faceted jet beads and seed pearls. It is enclosed in its original case (1927.217.2AB)

Details

Descriptive Terms

rings (jewelry)
mourning jewelry
eighteen-carat gold
enamel (fused coating)
human hair
glass (material)
pearl (animal material)
Ring

Inscription

Outer band: "WILL. M THURSTON OB:25 AUG. 1822 AE 49" Inner band contains a London duty mark, a crown and "18" indicating 18 kt gold, leopard's head, date letter "g" for the year 1822-23, and an unidentified maker's mark. (Gold paint, hallmark and maker's mark)

Additional Identification Number

1927.217
674

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

United Kingdom

Dimensions

1/2 (W), 13/16 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George S. Selfridge

Accession Number

1927.217.1

Exhibition Notes

"Jewelry at Historic New England," Online exhibit presented by Historic New England launched September 30, 2007 at www.historicnewengland.org/jewelryhistory/.

Reference Notes

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.

Places

City of London (London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom) [borough]

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Title Box Accession Number 1927.217.2
Title Mourning brooch Accession Number 1927.214
Title Jet pin Accession Number 1927.215
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1927.216
Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1927.217
Title Hair pin Accession Number 1927.218
Title Box Accession Number 1927.217.2AB