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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Mourning Ring

ca. 1792 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The unusual design of this memorial ring is formed of two black enamel scrolls which commemorate Betty and Henry Savory who died in 1792 and 1798. 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. A general convention holds that white enamel rings were used for children and those who died unmarried and that black was used for those who were married but this convention was not universally observed.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamelled and engraved gold
Brief Description
Gold mourning ring for a couple, enamelled in dark blue, white and light blue. Inscribed in Latin 'Betty Savory died 23 February 1792 aged 70' and 'Henry Savory died 30 December 1798 aged 86'. England, about 1792.
Physical Description
Gold mourning ring, enamelled in dark blue, white and light blue. The hoop inscribed on intertwining ribbons BETTY / SAVORY / OB:23.FEB / 1792.AE. 70and HENRY / SAVORY / OB:30. DEC /1798:AE:86..
Dimensions
  • Depth: 1cm
  • Diameter: 2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • BETTY / SAVORY / OB:23.FEB / 1792.AE. 70
  • HENRY / SAVORY / OB:30. DEC /1798:AE:86. (inscribed on intertwining ribbons on the hoop)
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Object history
ex Crisp Collection
Subjects depicted
Summary
The unusual design of this memorial ring is formed of two black enamel scrolls which commemorate Betty and Henry Savory who died in 1792 and 1798. 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. A general convention holds that white enamel rings were used for children and those who died unmarried and that black was used for those who were married but this convention was not universally observed.
Collection
Accession Number
M.161-1962

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record createdApril 27, 2006
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