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VictorianForget Me Not Hair Mourning Bandfor Five Children

This very special, utterly heartbreaking Victorian mourning ring was commissioned by a mother who outlived her five children. Fashioned in 18k gold, the ring features a hair locket at the face and three interstitial enamel forget me not panels that divide the channel of the hoop into four sections, each of which is inlaid with the hair of a unique individual. The interior is engraved: "In memory of my dear children Walter Janet Jane Jessie Robert."


  • Materials

    18k yellow gold, enamel, hair from five separate people.

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good.

  • Size

    6.5, cannot be resized; 4.9mm shank.

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