Mourning ring

Object Number: 
ca. 1795
Gold, hair
Overall: 1 1/8 x 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 2.9 x 1.6 x 2.2 cm )
engraved: under central plaque: "Jn. B. Schuy / ler Ob 19 Augt / 1795 / AE 30 yrs."
Gold ring mounted with oval plaque containing strands of hair and 3 initials in gold: "JBS".
Gallery Label: 
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Americans often commemorated the death of loved ones by wearing mourning jewelry made of, or containing, the hair of the deceased. This gold mourning ring commemorates wealthy Albany landowner John Bradstreet Schuyler, who died in 1795 at the age of thirty. The oculus holds strands of hair set against his initials. The ring may have been worn by Schuyler's wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group