Mourning ring

Mourning ring
Title
Mourning ring
Date 
1795
Medium 
Gold, hair, enamel
Dimensions 
Overall: 7/8 x 7/8 in. ( 2.2 x 2.2 cm )
Description 
Gold mourning ring comprising plain gold shank soldered to oval plaque containing braided hair of John B. Schuyler in glass compartment; glass is encircled by rings of blue and white enamel.
Credit Line 
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
Object Number 
1941.298
Marks 
engraved: underneath enameled plaque: "Jn B Schuy/ =ler Obt 19/ Augt 1795/ ae 30 Yr" engraved: underneath shoulders; on one side: "J.S." on other side: "Obt' Aug 19-1795"
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 encloses tightly plaited hair. The ring may have been worn by Schuyler's wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group