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Mourning ring in box

Mourning ring in box
Title
Mourning ring in box
Date 
1805
Medium 
Gold, hair; leather, satin, velvet
Dimensions 
Box: 1 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 7/8 in. (2.9 x 3.5 x 2.2 cm) Overall: 1/4 x 3/4 x 3/4 in. (0.6 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm)
Description 
Gold mourning ring with double shank band and central square mount framing braided hair of General Alexander Hamilton; mount engraved on reverse. Domed-top red leather box; top lined with ivory satin; bottom lined with blue velvet and woven satin braid; box has rotating hook clasp; inscription on box underside.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. B. Pendleton Rogers
Object Number 
1961.5a,b
Marks 
engraved: underside of ring mount: "AHamilton/Obt/12 July 1804/Aet/46 Ys 6 Ms" handwritten: in ink on underside of box: "General/Hamiltons/hair"
Gallery Label 
This mourning ring is set with a lock of Alexander Hamilton's hair, which was presented to a friend of Hamilton's by his wife in 1805. [See photograph of original letter of presentation in accession book].
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group