Mourning Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1789

GUSN

GUSN-101876

Description

Gold ring with marquise shaped compartment set with woven blonde and brown hair and surrounded by a black enamel border with inscription.

Details

Descriptive Terms

mourning rings
rings (jewelry)
glass (material)
RING

Inscription

"MARY : KEMPER : OB : NOVr : 6 : 1789 : AE : 75 : Ys" (Enamel)

Additional Identification Number

1327

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

15/16 in (W), 13/16 in (diameter) (inches)

Accession Number

1971.332

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. For more information on mourning jewelry see Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 657-710; Deutsch, Davida Tenebaum, "Jewelry for mourning, love, and fancy, 1770-1830," "The Magazine Antiques" (April 1999): 566-575; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 23-31.

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