Gold Ring

Description
This gold ring dates between 1840 and 1890. The circumference of the ring is encircled with a braided hair pattern that is mounted to the ring with golden “X” patterns. During the Victorian period, hair jewelry was often made by women as a parlor activity, similar to crocheting or knitting. The use of hair appealed to a sense of Victorian sentimentality, of keeping a loved one close, and was used in brooches, rings, necklaces, and wall décor.
Object Name
ring
date made
1840-1890
Physical Description
hair (overall material)
metal (overall material)
incised (overall style)
woven hair (overall style)
ID Number
CS*038976
catalog number
038976
accession number
113420
subject
Clothing & Accessories
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Costume
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of The Misses Long

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