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Mourning ring: M.26 & A-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold, the oval bezel, with border of amethysts, containing a tree in hair on a white ground. Round the hoop, reserved on a ground of black enamel, the inscription 'FRANCES.GREENE.OB:27.JULY.1767.AE:61'. In modern red leather case (A).


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs J.C. Burkill

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J.C. Burkill

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 1.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979-12-03) by Burkill, J. C., Mrs


Production date: dated AD 1767


This ring for a child commemorates an older woman, Frances Greene, who died aged 61 on 27 July 1767

Components of the work

Part composed of amethyst enamel hair
Ring composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: in gold lettering reserved in a black enamel border

  • Text: FRANCES.GREENE.OB: 27.JULY. 61
  • Location: On hoop
  • Method of creation: In gold lettering
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.26 & A-1979
Primary reference Number: 177480
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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