Wedding ring in box
Overall: 1/8 × 7/8 in. (0.3 × 2.2 cm) Container (box): 1 1/8 × 1 3/8 × 7/8 in. (2.9 × 3.5 × 2.2 cm)
engraving: on inside of band: "Let love abide till death divide" stamp: maker's mark: "DE" in Gothic letters inside rectangular frame
Gold wedding ring of General Horatio Gates (1728-1806) with inscription engraved inside shank. Domed-top red leather box; top interior lined with ivory satin; interior space to hold ring lined with beige velvet and trimmed with woven satin band; inscription inside box; box has rotating hook clasp.
This wedding ring belonged to Horatio Gates (1728/9-1806). Born in England, he served in Nova Scotia under Cornwallis in the British army as a youth. He came to America in 1772, purchasing land in what is now West Virginia. Siding with the colonies when the Revolution broke out, he joined the Continental Army and was given the rank of brigadier general. In 1790 he freed his slaves, sold his plantation, and moved to New York. He served in the New York State legislature from 1800 to 1801.
Gift of Frederic Gallatin
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