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Memorial Ring

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1935M553
Collection:Applied Art - Jewellery
Date:1700 - 1800


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 18th century gold mourning ring is set with an enamel skull design which opens on a hinge mechanism. It is thought that the central recess inside was originally filled with enamel.

Presented by an anonymous donor, 1935.

Further Information

Production Period:18th Century
School/Style:Memorial Jewellery
Medium:Gold, set with enamel.


Width:21 mm
Diameter:15 mm