Mourning Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1815

GUSN

GUSN-101369

Description

Gold and black enamel band with gold Gothic script, center set with a plait of white hair under glass surrounded by a gold and black enamel serpent with its tail in its mouth, serpent has cut steel bead eye.

Details

Descriptive Terms

mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
glass (material)
RING

Inscription

Outer band: "DJCD 28 DECr 1815 AGED 84" Inner band: "Catherine / Douglas" (Gold and engraved)

Additional Identification Number

815

Related Items

Title Miniature pendant Accession Number 1963.335
Title Bracelet Accession Number 1963.367
Title Miniature pendant Accession Number 1963.368
Title Hair bracelet Accession Number 1963.369
Title Brass button Accession Number 1963.374
Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1965.51
Title Seal ring Accession Number 1965.52
Title Seal Accession Number 1965.53
Title Seal Accession Number 1965.54
Title Metal label with chain Accession Number 1965.55
Title Photograph on porcelain Accession Number 1965.55 a

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

5/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)

Accession Number

1965.51

Exhibition Notes

"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.

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.