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Mourning Ring

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1941M385
Collection:Applied Art - Jewellery
Date:1800 - 1900


Mourning, or memento mori, rings were often bequeathed in wills to close friends and family to be worn at the funeral and as a reminder to the wearer of the departed.This 19th century English mourning ring is decorated with hairwork.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1940.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
School/Style:Mourning Jewellery
Medium:Gold set with pearls, enamel and hairwork. Enlarged with a lower carat gold.
Material(s):Human hair
Place of Origin:Birmingham - possibly, England


Width:21 mm
Diameter:17 mm