Brooch (mourning)

Brooch (mourning)
Title
Brooch (mourning)
Date 
1788
Medium 
Gold, hair, ivory
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 x 3/8 in. ( 4.8 x 2.5 x 1 cm )
Description 
Oval mourning / memorial brooch; clear glass compartment on obverse contains woven hair overlaid with thin gold laurel wreath design and ivory plaque with intertwined initials; reverse comprises similar design with beading around the ivory plaque instead of laurel wreath; beading frames entire brooch; pin attachment.
Credit Line 
Gift of an Anonymous Donor
Object Number 
1947.466
Marks 
painted: on obverse plaque: "JR" painted: on reverse plaque: " EC / 1788"
Gallery Label 
According to the accession notes, this brooch is said to contain the hair of John Ramage and his wife, Catherine Collins.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group