Mourning Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry






Rectangular gold mounting set with a plait of brown hair under glass surrounded by a chased gold border and a black enamel border, engraved on reverse.


Descriptive Terms

mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
glass (material)
Ornament, Mourning
Ring, Mourning
Ring, Mourning


"WPM / Obt. Jan 5th 1840" (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number





5/16 (W), 9/16 (diameter) (inches)

Accession Number


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.

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