Wedding Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1750-1760

GUSN

GUSN-101855

Description

Plain gold wedding ring with remnants of an inscription on the inner band

Details

Descriptive Terms

rings (jewelry)
gold (metal)
Ring

Label

Originally donated as the wedding ring of John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy, who married in the midst of the American Revolution in August 1775, recent research revealed that this ring is dated 1756 or 1766. Wedding bands were far from common in eighteenth-century America, but when a bride chose to wear a ring, this simple, thin gold band would have been a typical option.

Inscription

Not legible. (Engraved)

Additional Identification Number

1306

Maker

Unknown

Object Type

Adornment

Dimensions

1/16 (W), 3/4 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Arthur Outram Sherman

Accession Number

1953.9

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

Pictured in Brierley, Sarah, "With this Ring I Thee Wed," Historic New England, Fall (2007): 15.