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Mourning Ring

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1935M547.265
Collection:Applied Art - Jewellery
Date:1690 - 1690


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 17th century ring is decorated with an enamel skeleton holding in its right hand a bone, and in its left hand an hour glass. It is inscribed with the date of 6th June 1690.

Bequeathed by Thomas George Barnett, 1935.

Further Information

Production Period:17th Century
School/Style:Mourning Jewellery
Medium:Gold, set with glass, hair and enamel, engraved.