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Mourning ring in box

Object Number: 
Gold, hair; leather, satin, velvet
Overall: 1/4 x 3/4 x 3/4 in. (0.6 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm) Container (box): 1 1/8 × 1 3/8 × 7/8 in. (2.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm)
engraved: underside of ring mount: "AHamilton/Obt/12 July 1804/Aet/46 Ys 6 Ms" handwritten: in ink on underside of box: "General/Hamiltons/hair"
Gold mourning ring with double shank band and central square mount framing braided hair of General Alexander Hamilton; mount engraved on reverse. Domed-top red leather box; top lined with ivory satin; bottom lined with blue velvet and woven satin braid; box has rotating hook clasp; inscription on box underside.
Gallery Label: 
This mourning ring is set with a lock of Alexander Hamilton's hair, which was presented to a friend of Hamilton's by his wife in 1805. [See photograph of original letter of presentation in accession book].
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. B. Pendleton Rogers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group