Mourning ring in box

Object Number: 
1961.5a,b
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)
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"
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.
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].
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. B. Pendleton Rogers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group