Memorial ring

Description
Rings to commemorate a person's death were popular in the 17th century. This one depicts a skeleton, an hour glass and the latin phrase 'memento mori' (remember you will die). Inscribed on the inside of the band is the motto 'in god & thee my joy shall be'.
Accession Loan No.
17/1941
Simple Name
ring
Full Name
memorial finger ring
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Common Name
memorial ring
Material
gold
Period Classification
Stuart (1603-1714); Georgian (1714-1837)
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Contintent
Europe
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Year Low
1600
Production Year High
1800
Collection Town
Appledore
Collection County
Devon
Collection Site Name
Appledore
Created At
2016-10-13 15:45:33
Updated At
2019-02-08 10:50:02

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    • Felicity Henderson
      22nd March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      This is such a lovely artefact. In his diary, the seventeenth-century scientist Robert Hooke mentions being given rings like this several times when he attended funerals of friends and close associates. Gloves were another item regularly given to mourners at funerals.

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