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Object Name: Ring

Object ID: 1940.005

Place of Origin: England

Date: 1736

Description: Ring, mourning. Gold. Rectangular faceted crystal over a paper skull with foil mat in a raised fluted setting flanked by two square crystals. "M. LANGDON:OB:28 OCT: 1736.AE8." engraved in roman characters and highlighted with black enamel, around exterior of straight band.

Material: Metal

Dimensions: Dia-0.7 inches

Provenance: Funeral or mourning ring, once belonging to Mary Langdon (Holbrook) Ham, (1785-1859), daughter of Samuel and Martha (Clark) Holbrook, and wife of William Ham, all of Portsmouth. Later owned by her granddaughter Nellie Mary (Dearborn) Batchelder. By tradition her name was Mary Langdon. Probably she was the daughter of Dea. Mark and Mehitable (Jackson) Langdon of Portsmouth.

Credit Line: Gift of Charles H. Batchelder

People: Langdon, Mary (1727-1736), Ham, Mary L. (1785-1859), Batchelder, Charles H. (1876-1948), Batchelder, Nellie M. (1855-1908)

Subjects: Mourning, Mourning customs, Death

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