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Mourning ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1810 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:

    M.151-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf D, box 12

Princess Amelia was the youngest of the fifteen children of George III and Queen Charlotte. She died at the age of 27 after a long period of illness, precipitating her father's descent into insanity.

This ring is part of a set of 52, commissioned by her brother the Prince Regent, later George IV, to mark her life. It is inscribed 'Remember me' and with her initial 'A'. They were made by the Royal goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell.

Physical description

Enamelled gold mourning ring, the oval bezel with a crowned 'A' on black bordered by the motto REMEMBER ME on a white border. The hoop inscribed Pss AMELIA DIED 2 NOV: 1810 AGED 27.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1810 (dated)

Artist/maker

Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold

Marks and inscriptions

REMEMBER ME
Motto on the bezel.

Pss AMELIA DIED 2 NOV: 1810 AGED 27
Inscription on the hoop.

Dimensions

Height: 2.1 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1.9 cm

Object history note

Ex Crisp Collection. Acquired by Sir John Evans from the sale of the Duke of Cambridge's Collection.

Historical significance: Princess Amelia (1783-1810) was the youngest daughter of King George III. Part of a set of 52 rings, 58/- a piece bought from Rundell, Bridge and Rundell - two of which are now in the Royal Collections, see catalogue of Rings & Seals in King's Audience Room, Windsor Castle,1912 (Royal Library).

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold mourning ring, the oval bezel with a crowned 'A' bordered by REMEMBER ME. The hoop inscribed Pss AMELIA DIED 2 NOV: 1810 AGED 27, England, dated 1810.

Materials

Gold; Enamel

Subjects depicted

Crowns (headdresses); Death; Mourning

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Death; Royalty; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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