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Object Name Ring, Finger
Title Mourning ring
Catalog Number 1953.21
Date ca. 1800
Material(s) Copper/Ivory/Glass
Dimensions H-0.813 W-0.625 Dia-0.875 inches
Description This is a mourning ring with copper band welded onto an octagonal setting. There is ivory under glass of the sitting which has a draped woman leaning on a monument surmounted by an urn engraved and inked onto ivory. Written above figure is, "he is gone." Written on the monument, "W.WATTS / DEC. D.E. / 20th, 1797 / AGED 54".
Notes This ring was probably worn by Elizabeth Watts, daughter of William Watts (1743-1797). William Watts served as a colonial soldier in 1760 and received a land grant in Prince Edward County, VA. in 1774. He married Mary Scott in 1760. In 1776, he served on Virginia's committee to draft a "Declaration of Rights" in Williamsburg. In 1789, he served as a justice in Dinwiddie County, VA. He died while living in Campbell County, VA.
Collection Mrs. S.I.M. Major Collection
Subjects Jewelry
Finger rings
Mourning clothing & dress
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS