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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Memorial rings have been made to commemorate people since the sixteenth century. Money was often left in wills in order for rings to be made for named individuals or to be distributed at the funeral.

This ring is engraved with the name, age and date of death of Mrs Ann Watts. A section of her hair has been braided and placed underneath her initials. The hair panel is surrounded by glass, imitating more expensive garnets. The black enamel indicate that Mrs Watts was married as white enamel was generally favoured for the very young or unmarried.

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  • Title: Ring (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1799/1808
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 2.1 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Mrs Margaret Watts
  • Medium: Enamelled and engraved gold with pastes (glass) and woven hair underglass

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