Mourning ring in box

Object Number: 
Z.1964ab
Date: 
1798-1843
Medium: 
Gold, enamel; cardboard, grosgrain ribbon, velvet, satin
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3/8 x 3/4 in. ( 1 x 1.9 cm )
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 /
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Florence N. Levy, 1946
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group