Mourning Ring
mourning ring george horton

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust

Even when I’m working in a science museum, I’m on the look out for items related to funerary practice, so I was really happy to spot this ring in the ‘We Made It’ exhibition at Thinktank! The gallery showcases Birmingham’s incredible history as the ‘workshop of the world’. This city was reknowned for making small metal objects including jewellery (in the famous jewellery quarter).

This ring was made in Birmingham by George Horton in 1825 and is on loan to the Museum from the Birmingham Assay Office. It’s a really lovely example of a gold mourning ring with black enamelling. I just wish I could read who it’s in memory of!

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