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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.
enamel (fused coating)
paper (fiber product)
"Z.LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 63 / H. LEONARD. OB: 23. APRIL. AC: 1766 AE 62" (Enamel)
Title Mourning ring Accession Number 1935.646
Title Hand bracelet Accession Number 1944.732
Title Hair necklace Accession Number 1944.733
1/4 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Mrs. John Binney and Miss Margaret Bush
"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/.
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.