Gold, hair, enamel
Overall: 7/8 x 7/8 in. ( 2.2 x 2.2 cm )
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.
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Harison and Mr. William Harison
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"
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.
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