Mourning ring in box

Mourning ring in box
Title
Mourning ring in box
Date 
1798-1843
Medium 
Gold, enamel; cardboard, grosgrain ribbon, velvet, satin
Dimensions 
Overall: 3/8 x 3/4 in. ( 1 x 1.9 cm )
Description 
Gold and enamel mourning ring comprising wide gold band decorated with chased scrolling edges, two strips black enamel; words applied in gold: "IN MEMORY OF"; 5 names and dates engraved inside shank; ivory box covered with grosgrain ribbon, lined with ivory velvet and satin; no clasp.
Credit Line 
Gift of Florence N. Levy, 1946
Object Number 
Z.1964ab
Marks 
cast: on surface of ring in Gothic letters: "IN MEMORY OF" engraved: inside shank: "Semley Davids ae 56 yrs Obt 21 Septr 1801 / Jonah Davids ae 39 yrs Obt 29 Novr 1822 / Hannah Davids ae 74 yrs Obt 18 Decr 1825 / Joseph Levy ae 45 yrs Obt 1 Septr 1833 / Esther Levy ae 53 yrs Obt 27 July 1843" stamped: inside shank: Hallmarks and maker's marks for London import 18 karat gold, date 1822-23 (?) and maker's mark TM (for Thomas Morley?)
Gallery Label 
According to Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery, this type of ring was popular in the 1830's in the U.K. and the U.S. However, the maker's mark appears to be that of Thomas Morley, who, according to Jackson's Hallmarks, was active during the last quarter of the 18th century. The date of the first obituary listed inside the ring (1801) coincides with this period.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group