Mourning Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1766

GUSN

GUSN-101420

Description

Mourning ring consisting of two gold bands with black enamel decoration and inscriptions, center features two coffin-shaped bezels set with cut crystals over paper skeletons.

Details

Descriptive Terms

mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
enamel (fused coating)
paste (glass)
paper (fiber product)
mourning jewelry
mourning
Ring

Inscription

"Z.LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 63 / H. LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 62" (Enamel)

Additional Identification Number

866

Related Items

Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1935.646
Title Hand bracelet Accession Number 1944.732
Title Hair necklace Accession Number 1944.733

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

1/4 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Binney and Miss Margaret Bush

Accession Number

1935.646

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

Reference Notes

This ring is pictured and discussed in Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): plate 6 and Sage, Adrienne, "Wealth, Style and Sentiment," Historic New England (Winter/Spring 2005): 6. For more information on mourning jewelry see Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 25-34.